Study: Noninvasive ventilation is helpful palliative tool

03/12/2013 | Medscape (free registration)

Noninvasive ventilation is better than using oxygen therapy to reduce dyspnea in end-stage cancer patients, and not using an endotracheal tube reduces the use of morphine as well, researchers in Italy reported in Lancet Oncology. Dr. Stefano Nava of the University of Bologna said he hopes the study will raise awareness among clinicians that NIV is a palliative tool for reducing dyspnea and in some cases "buying extra time to do the last things in life, like saying goodbye to loved ones."

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