Noninvasive positive pressure ventilation in patients with acute exacerbations of COPD and varying levels of consciousness.

@article{Scala2005NoninvasivePP,
  title={Noninvasive positive pressure ventilation in patients with acute exacerbations of COPD and varying levels of consciousness.},
  author={Raffaele Scala and Mario Naldi and Ivano Archinucci and Giovanni Coniglio and Stefano Nava},
  journal={Chest},
  year={2005},
  volume={128 3},
  pages={1657-66}
}
STUDY OBJECTIVES A severely altered level of consciousness (ALC) has been considered a contraindication to noninvasive positive pressure ventilation (NPPV). We compared the clinical outcome of patients with acute respiratory failure (ARF) due to COPD exacerbations and different degrees of ALC. DESIGN A 5-year case-control study with a prospective data collection. SETTING Respiratory Monitoring Unit. PATIENTS Eighty of 153 consecutive COPD patients requiring NPPV for ARF were divided into… CONTINUE READING

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