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- 1.1. Ten percent of 150 patients undergoing continuous on-line monitoring of respiratory parameters while on respirator therapy sustained serious respiratory difficulties which were not easily apparent from clinical signs alone.
- 2.2. Half of these respiratory difficulties resulted in serious cardiac arrhythmia.
- 3.3. In most cases, the connection of the cardiac arrhythmia with previous respiratory difficulty was understood only because of the availability of the recorded measurements.
- 4.4. Frequent respiratory gas analysis and the consequent improvement in respiratory management can make a significant difference in prevention of “unexpected” cardiac arrhythmias.
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Accepted: January 31, 1970
☆Supported in part by United States Public Health Grant No. 5 P01-HE-06311-08 and United States Public Health Grant FR:00241.
© 1971 Published by Elsevier Inc.