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What is the most appropriate respiratory goal for a male client with suspected increased intracranial pressure (ICP)?

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Answered Nov 08, 2018

Promote carbon dioxide elimination.

The goal of treatment is to prevent acidemia by eliminating carbon dioxide. That is because an acid environment in the brain causes cerebral vessels to dilate and therefore increases ICP. Preventing respiratory alkalosis and lowering arterial pH may bring about acidosis, an undesirable condition in this case. It isnt necessary to maintain a PaO2 as high as 80 mm Hg; 60 mm Hg will adequately oxygenate most clients.
 

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