[Non-invasive ventilation in patients with severe hypercapnic encephalopathy in a conventional hospital ward].


OBJECTIVE To report our experience with non-invasive ventilation (NIV) at two levels of pressure (Bi-PAP) on a general respiratory medicine ward with patients in hypercapnic impaired consciousness and/or coma who had not previously been in an intensive care unit (ICU). METHODS This was a prospective study of 13 patients, mean age 81 years (65-96), treated… (More)