Hepatic encephalopathy is a common cause of ICU admission, as well as a common complication of ICU admission for other indications (e.g. gastrointestinal hemorrhage). At first the intubated patient with hepatic encephalopathy may seem a bit bewildering (will they ever wake up??). However, an organized and aggressive strategy combined with some patience is generally sufficient to obtain an improved mental status and liberation from the ventilator.
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