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DEL POZO HESSING, Cecilia; RODRIGUEZ FERNANDEZ, Aurelio; NAVARRO RODRIGUEZ, Zadis  and  RODRIGUEZ PEREZ, Iraibis. Noninvasive ventilation in patients with status asthmaticus . MEDISAN [online]. 2013, vol.17, n.1, pp.18-24. ISSN 1029-3019.

A descriptive and prospective study with analytical items was carried out in 21 patients presenting with status asthmaticus, admitted to the Intermediate Care Unit of "Saturnino Lora Torres" Provincial Teaching Clinical Surgical Hospital of Santiago de Cuba, from March 2011 to January 2012, who required noninvasive mechanical ventilation (to delay or prevent invasive mechanical ventilation), in order to evaluate the effectiveness of this treatment. There were not significant differences (p>0.05) in the case material in terms of age groups, sex, educational level and the degree of acceptance of the interface, but significance was observed regarding the history of artificial mechanical ventilation (p <0.01) and the variation of all clinical and hemogasometric measurements (p <0.05) 24 hours after the application of the therapeutic modality, thus demonstrating its effectiveness in improving asthmatic patients with exacerbation of disease.

Keywords : status asthmaticus; noninvasive mechanical ventilation; Intermediate Care Unit.

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