What do you know about non-invasive ventilation?
Non-invasive ventilation is an alternative approach to endotracheal intubation to treat hypercapnic ventilatory failure which occurs in
COAD. It thus reduces the complications of endotracheal intubation such as infection and injury to the trachea. Non-invasive
ventilation is pressure-support ventilation delivered with a face mask and a piece of white foam placed in the face mask to reduce
the amount of internal dead space. In a recent randomized trial, non-invasive ventilation was shown to reduce the need for
endotracheal intubation, length of hospital stay and in-hospital mortality rate in selected patients with acute exacerbations of COAD
(N Engl J Med 1995; 333: 817-22).
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