Are there different types of respiratory failure?


Yes, there are two types:

  • Type I—hypoxemic—is the most common type. Examples include pulmonary edema, pneumonia, pulmonary embolism, and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).
  • Type II—hypercapnic, which includes obstructive lung disease, drug overdose, neuromuscular disease, chest wall issues.

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