Noninvasive ventilation for severely acidotic patients in respiratory intermediate care units


BACKGROUND Severe acidosis can cause noninvasive ventilation (NIV) failure in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients with acute hypercapnic respiratory failure (AHRF). NIV is therefore contraindicated outside of intensive care units (ICUs) in these patients. Less is known about NIV failure in patients with acute cardiogenic pulmonary edema… (More)
DOI: 10.1186/s12890-016-0262-9

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