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Tachypnea vs. Hyperventilation

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Tachypnea vs. Hyperventilation

Postby phuturephysician » Sat Jan 31, 2009 1:58 am

Tachypnea - rate of breathing regular, but abnormally rapid
Hyperventilation - rate and depth of respiration increase. can result in hypocarbia

When does tachypnea occur vs. hyperventilation?
I want to associate everything w/ acid/base balance and respiratory compensation. ??
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Re: Tachypnea vs. Hyperventilation

Postby mcar » Thu Feb 05, 2009 10:43 am

Think about this, hypocarbia takes place when we hyperventilate since the CO2 levels in our blood decreases and more O2 levels on the other hand. CO2 is not just merely a gaseous waste. It actually stimulates us to breathe. The moment that our body senses that this gas is below the normal, we compensate through breathing fast. You could be hyperventilated too upon receiving oxygenation therapy which is not closely monitored.
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