Daytime noninvasive ventilatory support for patients with ventilatory pump failure: a narrative review

  • Paolo Banfi | IRCCS Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi, Milan, Italy.
  • Paola Pierucci Cardio Thoracic Department, Respiratory and Sleep Disorders Unit, Bari Policlinic, Bari, Italy.
  • Eleonora Volpato IRCCS Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi, Milan; Department of Psychology, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy.
  • Antonello Nicolini Respiratory Rehabilitation Unit, ASL 4 Chiavarese, Hospital of Sestri Levante, Sestri Levante, Italy.
  • Agata Lax IRCCS Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi, Milan, Italy.
  • Dominique Robert Hospices Civils de Lyon, Hôpital Edouard Herriot, Service de Réanimation Médicale, Lyon, France. 6Université de Lyon, Université Claude Bernard, Lyon, France.
  • John Bach Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Rutgers University New Jersey Medical School, Newark, United States.


Over the past three decades, the use of noninvasive ventilation or “NIV” to assuage symptoms of hypoventilation for patients with early onset or mild ventilatory pump failure has been extended to up to the use of continuous noninvasive ventilatory support (CNVS) at full ventilatory support settings as a definitive alternative to tracheostomy mechanical ventilation. NVS, along with mechanical insufflation-exsufflation, now provides a noninvasive option for the management of both chronic and acute respiratory failure for these patients. The most common diagnoses for which these methods are useful include chest wall deformities, neuromuscular diseases, morbid obesity, high level spinal cord injury and idiopathic, primary or secondary disorders of the ventilatory control. Thus, NVS is being used in diverse settings: critical care units, medical wards, at home, and in extended care. The aim of this review is to examine the techniques used for daytime support.



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Neuromuscular disorders, Respiratory failure, Noninvasive ventilation/ventilatory support, Mouthpiece ventilation, Intermittent abdominal pressure ventilation
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Banfi, P., Pierucci, P., Volpato, E., Nicolini, A., Lax, A., Robert, D., & Bach, J. (2019). Daytime noninvasive ventilatory support for patients with ventilatory pump failure: a narrative review. Multidisciplinary Respiratory Medicine, 14(1).