• Aurika Savickaite

Pros and cons of ventilation with a helmet

Updated: Sep 8, 2020

Pros of Helmet NIPPV (noninvasive positive pressure ventilation)

  • Improved oxygen saturation, serum pH;

  • Reduced respiratory rate and heart rate

  • Less pressure on the skin, preventing necrosis, air leaks and discomfort

  • Patient can speak, cough and have full view of his/her surroundings

  • Helps maintain NIPPV for a longer period of time vs. face mask

  • Can be used for an extended period

Cons of Helmet NIPPV

  • Asynchrony and noise

  • A lower decrease in PaCO2 vs. face mask group

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