Is Noninvasive Ventilation Still Underused by Physicians ?

  title={Is Noninvasive Ventilation Still Underused by Physicians ?},
  • Published 2009
Noninvasive ventilation (NIV) refers to the provision of ventilatory support through the patient’s upper airways, using a mask or similar device.1 With this technique the upper airways are not bypassed with a tracheal tube, laryngeal mask, or tracheostomy. Consequently, by avoiding tracheal intubation, NIV presents several potential advantages, such as reduction in pulmonary infections, barotrauma, and need for sedation.2 Although NIV is not suitable for all patients with acute respiratory… CONTINUE READING
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