A Pilot Study Using Imagery as a Means of Improving Weaning Parameters in COPD Patients.
ARIZONA UNIV, College of Medicine TUCSON United States
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Weaning mechanically ventilated chronic obstructive pulmonary disease COPD patients is a difficult process due to the patients limited functional capacity resulting from the preexisting disease, but weaning is made even more difficult by the physiologic and psychologic stresses of the weaning process itself. The purpose of this pilot study was to investigate imagery as a means of improving weaning parameters in mechanically ventilated COPD patients through reduction of stress. Weaning parameters measured which were also indicators of stress were heart rate, respiratory rate, mean arterial blood pressure, ratio of respiratory frequency to tidal volume, and oxygen saturation.