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Interfaces and ventilator settings for long-term noninvasive ventilation in COPD patients

Authors Callegari J, Magnet FS, Taubner S, Berger M, Schwarz SB, Windisch W, Storre JH

Received 8 March 2017

Accepted for publication 15 May 2017

Published 28 June 2017 Volume 2017:12 Pages 1883—1889


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Richard Russell

Jens Callegari,1 Friederike Sophie Magnet,1 Steven Taubner,1 Melanie Berger,2 Sarah Bettina Schwarz,1 Wolfram Windisch,1 Jan Hendrik Storre3,4

1Department of Pneumology, Cologne-Merheim Hospital, Kliniken der Stadt Koeln, Witten/Herdecke University Hospital, 2Department of Pneumology, Malteser Hospital St Hildegardis, Cologne, 3Department of Pneumology, University Medical Hospital, Freiburg, 4Department of Intensive Care, Sleep Medicine and Mechanical Ventilation, Asklepios Fachkliniken Munich-Gauting, Gauting, Germany

The establishment of high-intensity (HI) noninvasive ventilation (NIV) that targets elevated PaCO2 has led to an increase in the use of long-term NIV to treat patients with chronic hypercapnic COPD. However, the role of the ventilation interface, especially in more aggressive ventilation strategies, has not been systematically assessed.
Methods: Ventilator settings and NIV compliance were assessed in this prospective cross-sectional monocentric cohort study of COPD patients with pre-existing NIV. Daytime ­arterialized blood gas analyses and lung function testing were also performed. The primary end point was the distribution among study patients of interfaces (full-face masks [FFMs] vs nasal masks [NMs]) in a real-life setting.
Results: The majority of the 123 patients studied used an FFM (77%), while 23% used an NM. Ventilation settings were as follows: mean ± standard deviation (SD) inspiratory positive airway pressure (IPAP) was 23.2±4.6 mbar and mean ± SD breathing rate was 16.7±2.4/minute. Pressure support ventilation (PSV) mode was used in 52.8% of patients, while assisted pressure-controlled ventilation (aPCV) was used in 47.2% of patients. Higher IPAP levels were associated with an increased use of FFMs (IPAP <21 mbar: 73% vs IPAP >25 mbar: 84%). Mean compliance was 6.5 hours/day, with no differences between FFM (6.4 hours/day) and NM (6.7 hours/day) users. PaCO2 assessment of ventilation quality revealed comparable results among patients with FFMs or NMs.
Conclusion: This real-life trial identified the FFM as the predominantly used interface in COPD patients undergoing long-term NIV. The increased application of FFMs is, therefore, likely to be influenced by higher IPAP levels, which form part of the basis for successful application of HI-NIV in clinical practice.

Keywords: compliance, home mechanical ventilation, interfaces, masks, pressure support, ventilation modes

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