Acute applications of noninvasive positive pressure ventilation.

@article{Liesching2003AcuteAO,
  title={Acute applications of noninvasive positive pressure ventilation.},
  author={Timothy N Liesching and Henry Kwok and Nicholas S Hill},
  journal={Chest},
  year={2003},
  volume={124 2},
  pages={699-713}
}
Noninvasive positive-pressure ventilation (NPPV) has been used increasingly to treat acute respiratory failure (ARF). The best indications for its use are ARF in patients with COPD exacerbations, acute pulmonary edema, and immunocompromised states. For these indications, multiple controlled trials have demonstrated that therapy with NPPV avoids intubation and, in the case of COPD and immunocompromised patients, reduces mortality as well. NPPV is used to treat patients with numerous other forms… CONTINUE READING

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