Skill Checkup: An 81-Year-Old Woman With Dyspnea, Nearly Incessant Cough, and Body Aches

Enrico Brunetti, MD


November 07, 2022

For patients who progress to acute hypoxemic respiratory failure despite conventional oxygen therapy, intubation and mechanical ventilation are likely necessary. Because the patient has failed to respond to oxygen therapy, awake prone positioning, and pharmacologic treatment, intubation and mechanical ventilation should be initiated.

Editor's Note: Skill Checkups are wholly fictional or fictionalized clinical scenarios intended to provide evidence-based educational takeaways.

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