When the brainstem’s respiratory centers are incapacitated, the organism will not make or display any respiratory effort. The chest will remain absolutely still and the body’s need for oxygen will go unanswered. If the death of the organism is to be prevented, some external “driver” of the breathing process—a mechanical ventilator—must be used

 

 


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