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Clinical practice guideline for the use of noninvasive positive pressure ventilation in COPD patients with acute respiratory failure

Tasnim Sinuff, Sean P Keenan et al.
Journal of Critical Care 2004, 19 (2): 82-91
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Noninvasive positive pressure ventilation has been demonstrated to be of benefit in preventing endotracheal intubation and reducing mortality in specific patients in the setting of acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The successful application of noninvasive positive pressure ventilation depends on a multitude of factors, including patient selection, choice of interface, physician experience, and patient-ventilator synchrony. The use of clinical practice guidelines has been shown to improve the process and outcomes of care. This paper presents a guideline for the use of noninvasive positive pressure ventilation in the setting of acute ventilatory failure in patients with acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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