# Hypercarbic Respiratory Failure
Elevated PaCO2 with acidosis concerning for hypercarbic respiratory failure. Most likely secondary to ***. Common etiologies include obstructive lung physiology, pulmonary edema, effusions, and central or mechanical hypoventilation. Bilevel ventilation indications include COPD with pH <7.3, cardiogenic pulmonary edema, neuromuscular disease, and pneumonia in an immunocompromised host.
- CPO, Telemetry, RT assessment
- CBC, CMP, Lactate, ABG/VBG