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A Journal on Anesthesiology, Resuscitation, Analgesia and Intensive Care

Official Journal of the Italian Society of Anesthesiology, Analgesia, Resuscitation and Intensive Care
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ISSN 0375-9393

Online ISSN 1827-1596


Minerva Anestesiologica 2001 March;67(3):107-15



Non-invasive pressure support ventilation in acute hypoxemic (non hypercapnic) respiratory failure. Observations in Respiratory Intermediate Intensive Care Unit

Mollica C., Brunetti G., Buscajoni M., Cecchini L., Maialetti E., Marazzi M., Principe R., Sabato R., Antonini V. E.

From the Azienda Ospedaliera «S. Camillo - Forlanini» STIRS - Roma

Background. Non-inva­sive pos­i­tive pres­sure sup­port ven­ti­la­tion (­NIPSV).
Methods. In ­patients ­with ­acute hypox­aem­ic (PaO2/FiO2 ≤100) non hyper­cap­nic res­pir­a­to­ry fail­ure (ARF) admit­ted to a Respiratory Inter-medi­ate Intensive Care Unit of a gen­er­al Hospital, ­between January 1993 and December 1997.
Results. In 21 select­ed ­patients (PaO2/ FiO2T0=82±9) ­NIPSV ­improved PaO2 in 13/21 ­patients (Group A) and did not ­improve in 8/21 ­patients (Group B) (PaO2/FiO2T1=154±25 in Group A vs PaO2/FiO2T1=106±7.5 in Group B, p=0.00001). Upon admis­sion the two ­groups did nei­ther sig­nif­i­cant­ly dif­fer for ­blood gas val­ues (PaO2/FiO2T0=84±9.6 in Group A vs 79.8±8.7 in Group B), nor for clin­i­cal stat­us (APACHE II=19.8±5 in Group A vs 24.6±7 in Group B). Shorter dura­tion of ­NIPSV in Group B ­patients (11.2±19.7 hrs vs 35.3±32.3 hrs in Group A, p=0.047), in ­spite of a ­rise in ­PEEP (9.3±2.3 in Group B vs 5.5±2.4 in Group A, p=0.003) and Pressure Support (18.7±1.8 in Group B vs 15±3.2 in Group A, p=0.004) was due to ­onset of con­di­tions ­which ­required shift­ing ­from ­NIPSV to endo­tra­cheal intu­ba­tion (ETI). Outcome: 8/21 ­patients ­were suc­cess­ful­ly treat­ed by ­only ­NIPSV. 8/21 ­patients ­were intu­bat­ed. 5/21 ­patients ­dead in RII­CU; 1 ­month sur­vi­val: 9/21 ­patients. Side ­effects: ­mask intol­er­ance (3/21); ­skin necro­sis (1/21); pneu­moth­o­rax (1/21).
Conclusions. ­NIPSV may be ­tried in ARF ­patients to ­improve PaO2 and ­avoid ETI.

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