What is the role average volume assured pressure support (AVAPS) in 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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AVAPS is another option in these neuromuscular disease patients and has also been used in those with severe obesity-hypoventilation syndrome. It should be noted that AVAPS is not generally used for those patients with acute respiratory distress and is better suited for management as they recover or have recovered from their acute decompensated state. Although most experience with AVAPS in COPD is with chronic respiratory failure, some investigators have noted favorable outcomes when used in acutely decompensated COPD patients. [7]

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