The Role of Non-invasive Home Mechanical Ventilation in Elderly Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

  • Szymon Skoczyński
  • Patrycja Rzepka-Wrona


COPD is a fatal disease leading to premature death and disability. Currently due to improved COPD exacerbations and comorbidities management, improved patient survival is observed. This results in increasing abundance of elderly COPD population. However, poorly assessed in research results, NIV treatment of elderly patients has different outcomes and risk factors. The chapter describes specificity of NIV treatment in elderly patients.



Six minute walking test


Acute hypercapnic respiratory failure


Acute respiratory failure


Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease


COPD acute exacerbation


Chronic respiratory failure


Invasive mechanical ventilation


Inspiratory positive airway pressure


International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation


Non-invasive ventilation


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Szymon Skoczyński
    • 1
  • Patrycja Rzepka-Wrona
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PneumonologySchool of Medicine in Katowice, Medical University of SilesiaKatowicePoland

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