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What situations require use of a ventilator in the NICU?

There are three primary reasons for the use of a ventilator in the NICU:

  • Apnea
  • Inability to oxygenate
  • Inability to ventilate

The goal of mechanical ventilation is to assist the infant to maintain physiologic stability to keep the arterial blood gas values in the desired range while minimizing iatrogenic lung injury.

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