Another step for noninvasive ventilation in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients!
Crit Care. 2010 Jun 9;14(3):163
Authors: Jaber S, Chanques G
ABSTRACT: The use of noninvasive positive pressure ventilation (NPPV) in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients who are not eligible for the technique because of their incapability to spontaneously eliminate accumulated secretions associated with hypercapnic encephalopathy is not recommended and is often considered a contraindication. In a case-control study, an experienced team reported the feasibility and safety of the use of NPPV with early fibreoptic bronchoscopy in selected acutely decompensated COPD patients with hypercapnic encephalopathy, and reported the patients' inability to spontaneously clear copious secretions. The reported data suggest that this innovative therapeutic may be considered as a potential alternative to endotracheal intubation.
PMID: 20537199 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]