Noninvasive Ventilation for Severe Pneumonia

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The use of noninvasive positive pressure ventilation for acute hypoxemic respiratory failure associated with community-acquired pneumonia was more likely to fail in patients with “de novo” respiratory failure than in those with preexisting cardiac or pulmonary disease. Successful noninvasive ventilation was associated with better survival.Source: Carrillo A, Gonzalez-Diaz G, Ferrer M, et al. Non-invasive ventilation in community-acquired pneumonia and severe acute respiratory failure. Intensive Care Med. 2012;38:458–466.

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