Recommendations on acute non-invasive ventilation
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Recommendations on acute non-invasive ventilation

Lynne Pearce Freelance health journalist

Essential facts

Non-invasive ventilation (NIV) is support for a patient’s breathing using a mask or similar device, without intubation or a tracheostomy. The most common condition that NIV is used to treat in hospitals is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, the fifth-biggest killer in the UK. A 2000 study demonstrated that NIV delivered by nurses on UK respiratory wards reduced mortality by 10-20%, compared with standard care.

Nursing Standard. 32, 22, 15-15. doi: 10.7748/ns.32.22.15.s11

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