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Non-invasive ventilation outside the Intensive Care Unit for acute respiratory failure.

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Type
Published Article
Journal
Minerva anestesiologica
1827-1596
Publication Date
Volume
75
Issue
7-8
Pages
459–466
Identifiers
PMID: 19571780
Source
Medline

Abstract

Non invasive ventilation (NIV) has been shown to be an effective therapy in selected patients with acute respiratory failure. Due to its benefit and relative ease of use, NIV is frequently used. In addition, the shortage and high cost of intensive care beds have prompted the use of NIV outside the intensive care unit. Choosing the right time and type of patient with acute respiratory failure to improve the chances of success with NIV requires an appropriate environment and monitoring. This review presents and discusses the currently available data regarding NIV success outside the intensive care unit, the optimal ventilatory strategy, possible solutions to the mechanical problems and the minimum monitoring required.

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