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Effect of high-flow nasal cannula oxygen therapy in adults with acute hypoxemic respiratory failure

Effect of high-flow nasal cannula oxygen therapy in adults with acute hypoxemic respiratory failure

Conflicting recommendations exist on whether high-flow nasal cannula (HFNC) oxygen therapy should be administered to adult patients in critical care with acute hypoxemic respiratory failure. We performed a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to evaluate its effect on intubation rates.

The intubation rate with HFNC oxygen therapy was lower than the rate with conventional oxygen therapy and similar to the rate with noninvasive ventilation among patients with acute hypoxemic respiratory failure. Larger, high-quality RCTs are needed to confirm these findings.

CriticalCare.news
February 10, 2019

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