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Effect of out-of-hospital non-invasive positive-pressure support ventilation in adult patients with severe respiratory distress

from Annals of Emergency Medicine

Non-invasive positive-pressure ventilation (NIPPV) is increasingly being used by emergency medical services (EMS) for treatment of patients in respiratory distress. The primary objective of this systematic review is to determine whether out-of-hospital NIPPV for treatment of adults with severe respiratory distress reduces in-hospital mortality compared with "standard" therapy. Secondary objectives are to examine the need for invasive ventilation, hospital and ICU length of stay, and complications. more

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