Non-invasive ventilation is a great technique that we can use for just about any patient who is short of breath. We can use it to avoid intubation in our patients who are close to respiratory failure. In this episode, we’ll talk about how non-invasive ventilation works, which patients we can use it on, and how to actually make it happen. For that last part, I’ll borrow from a post by Seth Treuger at his blog mdaware.org on how to start non-invasive ventilation quickly while keeping it comfortable for the patient.
mdaware.org blog post– “Selling Ice Cream in the Desert” aka how to make NIV work on any patient