Which patients are best suited for noninvasive ventilation (NIV)?

Updated: Jun 18, 2020
  • Author: Guy W Soo Hoo, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP  more...
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After eliminating unsuitable candidates for noninvasive ventilation, successful application of noninvasive ventilation mandates close assessment and selection of patients and identification of conditions best suited for treatment. Not all patients with diagnoses capable of management with noninvasive ventilation (eg, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD]) are suitable candidates for treatment with noninvasive ventilation. Patients with mild disease or very severe distress may not benefit from noninvasive ventilation, which is best suited for patients with a moderate severity of illness.


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