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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 20-25

Noninvasive ventilation in prehospital settings: A narrative review


Department of Respiratory Care, Prince Sultan Military College of Health Sciences, Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Mohammed D AlAhmari
Department of Respiratory Care, Prince Sultan Military College of Health Sciences, P.O. Box 33048, Dammam 31448
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijrc.ijrc_54_19

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The prehospital use of noninvasive ventilation (NIV) by emergency medical services is increasing. Applying NIV in the prehospital setting began to gain more attention in the late 1990s when the primary form of noninvasive positive pressure ventilation emerged as a substitute to endotracheal intubation. For the last several years, NIV has become the standard of care for acute cardiogenic pulmonary edema and exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients in the prehospital setting. A remarkable number of studies demonstrate a reduction in mortality and intubation rates in comparison to standard care when NIV is initiated in the prehospital setting, though there is a lack of evidence to strongly recommend the use of prehospital NIV as a first choice. An in-depth understanding of the science and technological background of NIV machines and interfaces can help attending clinicians in the prehospital setting and thus enhance therapeutic effectiveness by maximizing patient comfort, safety, and stability. Selections of the patients, devices, and interfaces, as well as achieving good patient-ventilator synchrony, are the key aspects of a successful outcome.


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