Prevalence of respiratory failure in medical intensive care unit in Slemani teaching hospital

  • Aso F. Amin Medicine Department of School of Medicine/Universty of Sulaimani Iraq
  • Kosar M. ALI Medicine Department of School of Medicine/Universty of Sulaimani Iraq
  • Mohamed Omer Medicine Department of School of Medicine/Universty of Sulaimani Iraq
  • Ismaeel H.Amin Department of Surgery School of Medicine/Universty of Sulaimani
  • Ghazwa Y. AL-Tamimi Sulaimani General Hospital
Keywords: prevalence, respiratory failure, medical intensive care unit, sulaimani teaching hospital.


Aim of study: to determine the prevalence and types of respiratory failure RF in patients admitted to Medical Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in Slemani Teaching Hospital. Patients and method: A descriptive study of (75) patients admitted to the Medical Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in Slemani teaching hospital  between (the first of July 2012 and twenty eighth of February 2013), all patients had verbal consent taken and special questionnaire  filled for each patient. Results: 75 patients with female predominate (female to male ratio 1.3:1) participated in this study, majority of them were in their seventh decade, more than half (52%) of the cases were obese (BMI >30). RF found in (81.3%) of the patients and (31) patients were type I respiratory failure. Conclusions: Most causes of admission to medical ICU were due to respiratory problems, respiratory failure found in more than (80%) of the cases. Obesity was found in more than (50%). Type I respiratory failure is commoner than type II.


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