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Noninvasive Mechanical Ventilation 

Noninvasive Mechanical Ventilation
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Noninvasive Mechanical Ventilation
Author(s):

John W. Kreit

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190670085.003.0016
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date: 20 August 2019

Although so-called invasive ventilation can be life-saving, it can also cause significant morbidity. It has long been recognized that positive pressure ventilation can also be delivered “non-invasively” to critically ill patients through several different types of “interfaces” (usually a tight-fitting face mask). Noninvasive Mechanical Ventilation explains when and how to use noninvasive ventilation to treat patients with respiratory failure. It provides a detailed explanation of how noninvasive (bi-level) ventilators differ from the standard ICU ventilators, describes the available modes and breath types as well as the indications and contraindications for noninvasive ventilation, and explains how to initiate, monitor, and adjust noninvasive ventilation.

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