Current Topics in Respiratory Care 2018
"The Use of Noninvasive Ventilation at the End of Life" Lecturer: Shawna Strickland PhD, RRT, RRT-NPS, RRT-ACCS, AE-C, FAARC. Noninvasive ventilation is a common modality provided in acute, long-term, and home care environments to provide respiratory support to patients with a variety of acute and chronic disease pathologies. Though NIV is used predominantly as a bridge to recovery in acute disease pathologies and as ongoing support in chronic disease pathologies, some clinicians advocate for the use of NIV for comfort measures at the end of life. This presentation will provide a basis for the analysis of ethical dilemmas and debate the ethical arguments for and against the use of NIV at the end of life.