The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

1997 OPEN FORUM Abstracts

Noninvasive Positive Pressure Ventilation (NPPV) Report from the 1996 Consensus Conference

Neil R MacIntyre, MD, Tuesday, December 9, 1997.

The 1996 Consensus Conference on Non-Invasive Positive Pressure Ventilation (NPPV) was presented by the AARC, the Journal RESPIRATORY CARE and the American Respiratory Care Foundation. The conference consensus statement involved five issues: (1) Standardized terminology for NPPV in accordance with previous ARCF/AARC statement (RESP CARE 1992; 37:1000) were proposed. (2) Clinical situations in which the use of NPPV may be appropriate were defined. These included level 1 support (NPPV for life support) and level 2 support (NPPV for elective therapy). Clinical data supporting applications in these two scenarios were reviewed. (3) Desirable design and performance characteristics of devices for delivering NPPV in level 1 and level 2 situations were defined. (4) Important aspects of the clinical application of this form of ventilatory support were reviewed, and (5) Aspects about which further study would be most useful were summarized. The proceedings of the conference were published in RESP CARE 1997; 42:364.

AARC 50th Anniversary, December 6 - 9, 1997, New Orleans, Louisiana.

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