Efficacy of non‐invasive mechanical ventilation in the general ward in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease admitted for hypercapnic acute respiratory failure and pH < 7.35: a feasibility pilot study
To date non‐invasive (NIV) mechanical ventilation use is not recommended in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients with acute respiratory failure (ARF) and pH < 7.30 outside a ‘protected environment’. We assessed NIV efficacy and feasibility in improving arterial blood gases (ABG) and in‐hospital outcome in patients with ARF and severe respiratory acidosis (RA) admitted to an experienced rural medical ward.
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