noninvasive ventilation

posted on March 1, 2008 - 3:31pm
Once upon a time, there was a young woman named Goldilocks. She went to visit her MDA clinic for an appointment with a respiratory therapist (RT) because her doctor said she needed help to breathe better. Goldilocks was going to try on a variety of noninvasive ventilation (NIV) interfaces and find the one that was just right.
posted on July 1, 2007 - 10:11am
QUEST Vol. 14, No. 4
When neuromuscular disease weakens the muscles used for breathing, many people benefit greatly from noninvasive ventilation (NIV), which can add years of breathing support. But when a tracheostomy and ventilator are suggested for better breathing, some people see NIV as “enough” and a trach and vent as somehow “too much.” When a person’s overall quality of life is no longer acceptable, that’s...