What is respiratory failure with hypoxia?
The main function of the respiratory system is to exchange gases with the circulatory system (i.e. the blood). When a person inhales, oxygen flows into the alveoli, which are very small air sacs in the lungs. The alveoli then transfer this oxygen to blood in the pulmonary capillaries. At the same time, the blood in the pulmonary capillaries transfers carbon dioxide to the alveoli. The blood then delivers the oxygen throughout the body, while the lungs excrete the carbon dioxide from the body via exhalation.
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Respiratory failure with hypoxia is a condition in which the lungs are not able to adequately exchange gases (oxygen and carbon dioxide) with the...
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from Pathophysiology TextbookChapter 9 / Lesson 10