Respiratory failure is a condition when the lungs cannot release air (oxygen) into the blood. This can cause a high carbon dioxide level or low oxygen level, or both, in blood. As a result, the body’s organs cannot get oxygen-rich blood to function. The main symptoms of respiratory failure are shortness of breath, confusion and tiredness, rapid breathing.
Treatment for respiratory failure
Treatment for respiratory failure will depend on your condition. Acute (short term) disease is usually treated at a hospital with the use of intensive care units. Some chronic respiratory conditions (if they are not severe) can be treated at home.