Respiratory Disorders

After neurosurgery, Mrs. MB was ventilated in the intensive care unit for one day.   Since then, she has noticed a weakened cough response. She also notices trouble taking a deep breath, and has more trouble breathing when lying flat. Because of this, she prefers to sleep on an incline. She has never had pneumonia, but has seen other patients suffer from it. Ms. MB wonders how significantly her respiratory system is compromised, given her level of injury.