Noninvasive ventilation reduced duration of mechanical ventilation and ICU stay more than conventional weaning: COMMENTARY

Burns, Karen E.; Meade, Maureen O.
March 2004
ACP Journal Club;Mar/Apr2004, Vol. 140 Issue 2, p35
Academic Journal
The article comments on study conducted to examine if noninvasive ventilation can reduce the duration of mechanical ventilation and intensive care unit (ICU) stay more than conventional weaning. The study by highlights the exciting potential for noninvasive weaning to reduce patient morbidity, improve survival, and conserve ICU resources. This study not only does increase the randomized evidence base to 150 patients, it has expanded the population to include 10 patients without chronic pulmonary disease. Moreover, the investigators sought to address some of the limitations of these trials in which patients and caregivers were necessarily unblinded.


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