Stretanski M, Kaiser G. Osteopathic philosophy and emergent treatment in acute respiratory failure. J Am Osteopath Assoc 2001;101(8):447–449. doi: 10.7556/jaoa.2001.101.8.447.
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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.
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