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Respiratory arrest
ICD-10 R09.2
ICD-9 799.1

Respiratory arrest is the cessation of breathing. It is a medical emergency and it usually is related to or coincides with a cardiac arrest. Causes include opiate overdose, head injury, anaesthesia, tetanus, or drowning. Respiratory arrest is treated initially with artificial ventilation, together with treatment of the likely cause.


To avoid hypoxic brain damage, breathing must be administered artificially, either by mouth-to-mouth techniques, or mechanical ventilation, while underlying causes are detected and treated.

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