Face Mask Ventilation in Decompensated COPD Patients

  • J. Mancebo
  • L. Brochard
Conference paper


Patients who present an acute or chronic respiratory failure are frequently admitted to emergency wards and intensive care services. Although some of these patients will improve with conservative pharmacologic treatment and oxygen and physical therapy, others will need supportive treatment by means of mechanical ventilation [1–3]. We will briefly review the physiological effects and the rationale of noninvasive positive pressure ventilation (NPPV) in the decompensated chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients and the usefulness of the technique in this clinical setting.


Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Patient Acute Respiratory Failure Pressure Support Pressure Support Ventilation 
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