respiratory
COPD

NIV improves outcomes in hospitalised COPD patients


A Cochrane Review has confirmed that non-invasive bi-level positive pressure ventilation (NIV) should form part of the initial management of patients admitted to hospital with acute hypercapnic respiratory failure due to acute COPD exacerbations. The systematic review, including 17 trials comprising 1264 participants, found the addition of NIV to usual care reduced the risk of ...

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