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RODRIGUEZ FERNANDEZ, Aurelio et al. Noninvasive mechanical ventilation in patients with acute respiratory failure. MEDISAN [online]. 2013, vol.17, n.5, pp.760-766. ISSN 1029-3019.

An observational, descriptive and cross-sectional study of 54 patients with acute respiratory failure, assisted in the Intensive and Intermediate Care Unit from "Saturnino Lora Torres" Teaching Clinical Surgical Hospital in Santiago de Cuba was carried out from January to August, 2011, in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the artificial mechanical noninvasive ventilation in these affected patients, who also presented other clinical disorders (to delay or to avoid the invasive mechanical ventilation). The members of the series were selected in a non probabilistical way based on the experts' criteria, also keeping in mind the inclusion criteria from the Iberolatinoamerican Group of Non Invasive Mechanical Ventilation. The effectiveness of the technique was demonstrated in the clinical and hemogasometric improvement of these patients especially those in whom the chronic, obstructive lung disease worsened.

Keywords : acute respiratory failure; noninvasive mechanical ventilation; chronic obstructive lung disease; Intensive Care Unit; Intermediate Care Unit; secondary health care.

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