When is noninvasive ventilation indicated in the treatment of status asthmaticus?

Updated: Jun 17, 2020
  • Author: Constantine K Saadeh, MD; Chief Editor: John J Oppenheimer, MD  more...
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Noninvasive ventilation, such as bilevel positive airway pressure, can be considered in patients with impending respiratory failure, in order to avoid intubation. In contrast to patients with chronic obstructive respiratory disease exacerbation and respiratory failure, however, asthma patients tend to require more invasive means of ventilation with intubation when they are in status asthmaticus. The presence of severe bronchoconstriction with multiple secretions and inflammatory processes are contributors to the need for more aggressive ventilation. [56]

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