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Case Report  |   August 2001
Osteopathic philosophy and emergent treatment in acute respiratory failure
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Pulmonary Disorders / Being a DO
Case Report   |   August 2001
Osteopathic philosophy and emergent treatment in acute respiratory failure
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, August 2001, Vol. 101, 447-449. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2001.101.8.447
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, August 2001, Vol. 101, 447-449. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2001.101.8.447
Abstract

Osteopathic manipulation has been used to treat a wide range of diseases in largely outpatient settings. The authors describe the emergent use of osteopathic manipulative treatment to improve respiratory mechanics in a critically ill patient with acute respiratory failure. High-velocity mobilization of cervical and thoracic dysfunctions resulted in a decreased work of breathing, improved arterial oxygenation, resolution of tachycardia, and an overall improvement in the patient's clinical condition.