How Long Can a Person Stay on a Respirator?

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How Long Can a Person Stay on a Respirator?

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A respirator can be used for short-term or long-term care. There is not a specified time limit for a person to remain on a respirator (intubated). However, doctors try to wean a patient off a respirator (extubate) as soon as possible to prevent possible long term negative effects. Understanding the reasons for intubation and the potential long term effects of respirator usage allows the patient and/or his family to make the best medical choices.