REBEL Core Cast 71.0 – Troubleshooting the Vent

Take Home Points:

  • DOPES is not just a memory tool. It give you a structured approach to taking care of vented patients with vital sign changes.
  • Check for dislodgement of the tube, obstruction of the tube, pneumothorax, equipment failure, breath stacking and dyssynchrony.
  • Don’t forget that the patient can have more than one issue; always assess all pieces of the DOPES mnemonic.

REBEL Core Cast 71.0 – Troubleshooting the Vent

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Shownotes By: Duncan Grossman, DO

Post Peer Reviewed By: Salim R. Rezaie, MD (Twitter: @srrezaie)

Cite this article as: Anand Swaminathan, "REBEL Core Cast 71.0 – Troubleshooting the Vent", REBEL EM blog, December 22, 2021. Available at:
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Anand Swaminathan

Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at St. Joe's Regional Medical Center (Paterson, NJ)
REBEL EM Associate Editor and Author

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