Critical Care and Shock

Psychological ventilator dependence: A case report

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Weaning a patient off mechanical ventilation, especially when they have been dependent on it for a long time, can be a difficult task. Many physical and psychological factors contribute towards dependence on the ventilator. We report a case of a 28-year-old female patient that developed anxiety and a psychological dependence on the ventilator thereby making weaning off difficult. Timely psychiatric intervention resulted in successful weaning off the ventilator.

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