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respiratory failure

Respiratory failure is either the abnormality of oxygenation or of carbon dioxide elimination. Arterial blood gas analysis of blood taken from an artery confirms the degree of failure. Although the values of PO2 less than 60 mmHg and PCO2 higher than 50 are often used as criteria for respiratory failure, the clinical picture of the patient is important to recognize impending failures.

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