#230 Using Non-Invasive Ventilation at the End of Life.


Background:  Non-invasive positive pressure ventilation (NPPV, often called ‘BiPAP’) is commonly used in patients with respiratory failure from COPD, CHF, and other disorders. NPPV decreases the work of breathing and allows respiratory muscle rest during inspiration. This Fast Fact discusses medical decision making around its use at the end of life. Fast Fact #231 discusses practical aspects of applying NPPV in dying patients, as well as how to discontinue it safely…   Read More


Medical College of Wisconsin


Fast Facts and Concepts. May 2010; 230.

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