Helmet ventilation vs standard oxygen: Which is better for acute hypoxaemic respiratory failure?

Helmet bilevel ventilation and CPAP was also associated with shorter hospital and ICU stays compared with standard oxygen therapy, Canadian researchers report
Rachel Fieldhouse
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Patients with acute hypoxaemic respiratory failure who receive oxygen via a helmet interface likely have better survival rates than those given standard oxygen therapy, a systematic review shows.

Canadian researchers say helmet non-invasive ventilation — including bilevel ventilation and CPAP — may also cut the risk of mechanical ventilation and length of hospital and ICU stays versus standard treatment.