Breathing at an abnormally slow rate, resulting in an increased amount of carbon dioxide in the blood.
- The airway is reduced and the person will experience hypoventilation (inadequate breathing).
- Adverse outcomes during sedation usually have hypoxemia as a common pathway after hypoventilation or apnea leading to brain injury or death.
- Hypotension or hypoventilation that would have precluded transfer was no more common in older patients than in younger patients.
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