The process of weaning a patient from mechanical ventilation is complex. Assessment of respiratory mechanics, oxygenation and ventilation, medical problems, nutrition, physical therapy and psychologic needs are important prior to developing the weaning plan. The weaning technique should be individualized to the patient and may be combined with other techniques for optimal outcome. Successful weaning depends on the nurse's attention to detail, careful assessment of patient responses to weaning trials, and coordination of and collaboration with other healthcare team members.

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