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No Clear Right Choice for Postextubation Support

Patricia Kritek, MD   High-flow oxygen was noninferior to noninvasive positive pressure ventilation for preventing reintubation.   During the last 2 years, we have seen a rapid rise in use of high-flow oxygen. Although its use is supported during the immediate postextubation period for patients at low risk for reintubation (NEJM JW... Read more..

A New Score for Predicting Failure of Noninvasive Ventilation

Daniel M. Lindberg, MD   Five clinical criteria strongly predicted need for intubation in patients with respiratory failure.   Use of noninvasive ventilation (NIV) can avoid intubation in some patients with respiratory failure by temporarily supporting ventilation during initial treatment, but many patients fail NIV and ultimately need intubation. Patients at risk for NIV... Read more..