Week 5.1 – Non Invasive Ventilation

CPAP and BIPAP can be daunting to commence if you’re not familiar with your emergency department equipment. This week we get started with our NIV machine – the Oxylog 3000. Having a dedicated BIPAP machine is somewhat of a pipe dream for our ED, but on the bright side it means that you only need to learn how one ventilator works!

First we cover what CPAP and BIPAP are. We then discuss who might benefit from each and what the contraindications are. Next we work on how to titrate NIV to effect and when to wean. After that, it’s time to put theory into practice and commence NIV on your friendly SMO.

Here are some useful links for review for this week:

Non-Invasive Ventilation (NIV)

Non-invasive ventilation (NIV) and asthma