From Medscape Medical News

Laurie Barclay, MD

February 14, 2011 — New clinical practice guidelines describe the use of noninvasive positive-pressure ventilation (NPPV) and noninvasive continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) in the acute care setting, according to a report published online February 14 in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

The new recommendations, which are based on increasing evidence from the literature and variations in practice in recent years, describe the use of noninvasive ventilation in the postoperative setting, in immunocompromised patients, in patients being weaned from conventional mechanical ventilation, and in patients at high risk for respiratory failure after removal of the breathing tube.

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