Intermediate respiratory care unit: Admission criteria

S. Zanaboni, A. Patessio, A. Purro, L. Appendini, C. F. Donner

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Intensive care unit (ICU) management of patients on partial ventilatory support is very costly. We opened an intermediate respiratory care unit (RCU), with the aim of providing cost beneficial in-hospital and home care for patients who require mechanical ventilation for at least 8 h day-1. Prior to admission to an intermediate RCU, it is mandatory to take into consideration not only the patient's overall health status but also his or her prognosis, and rehabilitation chances and environmental factors have to be evaluated. This report discusses these major areas of concern.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)499-503
Number of pages5
JournalMonaldi Archives for Chest Disease - Cardiac Series
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1994


  • Admission criteria
  • Dynamic hyperinflation
  • Intermediate respiratory care unit
  • Intrinsic positive end-expiratory pressure
  • Occlusion pressure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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