“When these patients are intubated, they end up having a weakened diaphragm,” he said. “So by the time they get to day five or day six, their diaphragm is atrophying. It’s getting smaller; it’s losing muscle mass. And the problem with that is that when they try to take them off it, the muscle that causes them and allows them to breathe is now weak. So these people come off and they stay in respiratory distress and they have to have supplemental oxygen.”
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Written by Lydia Coutré.
Originally published December 13, 2020.