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Respirology. 2018 Nov 23. doi: 10.1111/resp.13445. [Epub ahead of print]

Non-invasive ventilation: Essential requirements and clinical skills for successful practice.

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Department of Respiratory Medicine, St James's University Hospital, Leeds, UK.


Audits and case reviews of the acute delivery of non-invasive ventilation (NIV) have shown that the results achieved in real life often fall short of those achieved in research trials. Factors include inappropriate selection of patients for NIV and failure to apply NIV correctly. This highlights the need for proper training of all involved individuals. This article addresses the different skills needed in a team to provide an effective NIV service. Some detail is given in each of the key areas but it is not comprehensive and should stimulate further learning (reading, attendance on courses, e-learning, etc.), determined by the needs of the individual.


communication skills; education; non-invasive ventilation; physiology; training

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