Fewer complications

In certain studies, the addition of NIV to usual medical care reduced the number of possible complications by 62% and treatment errors by 52% in adult patients admitted to hospitals with respiratory failure due to an exacerbation of COPD and with PaCO2 > 6 kPa (45 mmHg)1).

Shorter stay in ICU

In those same studies, the addition of NIV to usual medical care shortened ICU stay and reduced the length of hospital stay by an average of 3 days for adult patients admitted to hospitals with respiratory failure due to an exacerbation of COPD and with PaCO2 > 6 kPa (45 mmHg)1).

Increased quality of life

NIV can improve quality of life for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients2).

Faster weaning

NIV applied as a weaning method in COPD enables faster weaning3).

Better chance of survival

In one study, NIV enabled faster weaning and increased the 60 days survival rate by 20% in patients with acute exacerbations of COPD3).

Reduced risk of infection

The use of NIV instead of conventional invasive mechanical ventilation is associated with a lower risk of nosocomial pneumonia4).

Enhance recovery time

Certain studies have shown that NIV can help to reduce the rate of re-intubation and improve recovery for patients with acute exacerbations of COPD1).

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