• Aurika Savickaite

Video - Non-Invasive CPAP by Helmet Setup COVID-19 | Maurizio Franco Cereda, MD

Updated: Jul 23, 2020


NOTE: This video is outdated and New Guidelines from Penn Medicine are available on the AmbiFi Smart Procedure app (05/25/2020)

Maurizio France Cereda, MD, a University of Pennsylvania intensive-care doctor who trained in Italy where helmet use is common, shared this video for medical professionals today.


  • Assembling the Helmet Circuit

  • Setting up Gas Delivery for ICUs (Venturi)

  • Initiating Therapy for ICUs (Venturi)

  • Initiating Therapy for the Floor (Venturi Valve)

  • Fixing the Helmet with Arm Straps

  • Titration Guidelines

Non-Invasive CPAP by Helmet Setup for COVID-19


Please always maintain total gas flow above 50 L/min at all times to avoid CO2 rebreathing. These helmets are designed for hyperbaric O2 delivery. They do not include a relief valve; undetected loss of gas supply can result in asphyxiation. Patients who are not alert and collaborative need to be closely monitored. Consider intubation if the patient is agitated.

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