MacIntyre NR, Cook DJ, Ely EW, Epstein SK et al. (2002) Evidence-based guidelines for weaning and discontinuing ventilatory support. Respiratory Care 47: 69-90
Patients require mechanical ventilatory support when the ventilatory and/or gas exchange capabilities of their respiratory system fail. As the conditions that warranted placing the patient on the ventilator stabilise and begin to resolve, attention should be placed on removing the ventilator as quickly as possible (weaning).
This guidance addresses the followijg issues: