Chronic respiratory failure is a condition that results in the inability to effectively exchange carbon dioxide and oxygen, and induces chronically low oxygen levels or chronically high carbon dioxide levels.

Chronic respiratory failure (CRF) is associated with nocturnal hypoventilation. Due to the interaction of sleep and breathing, sleep quality is reduced during nocturnal hypoventilation and Non-invasive mechanical ventilation (NMV), usually performed overnight, is required to relieve symptoms of hypoventilation and improves daytime parespiratory status in patients with CRF. Symptoms of CRF include:
  • Bluish tint to skin, lips, or fingernails
  • Daily Headaches
  • Wheezing
  • Trouble Breathing

How Does BCV Impact These Patients?

BCV is a proven option that relieves symptoms of CRF and can reduce episodes of nocturnal hypoventilation. BCV provides a more physiologic approach while not requiring an artificial airway. BCV allows patient comfort and decreases risks from invasive positive pressure ventilation.
This type of ventilatory support is now used commonly to assist ventilation in patients with a variety of neuromuscular and chest wall diseases. These may be separated into spinal cord lesions, diseases of peripheral nerves, disorders of the neuromuscular junction, diseases of muscles, and chest wall disorders.

Increased Lung Recruitment

  • BCV works in conjunction with your bodies physiology to naturally fill more of the lung with air

Better Patient Experience

  • By allowing patients to continue to eat and drink, as well as speak to their loved ones, BCV fosters patient independence, and active involvement with their treatment.

Increased Cardiac Output

  • A brief period of cuirass NPV increases cardiac output of patients.
People with CF need daily chest physiotherapy, which involves vigorous massage to help loosen the sticky mucus. Parents of a child with CF are taught by hospital staff how to do this. Older children and adults with CF can be taught to do this for themselves.
Chest physiotherapy is important because it helps to prevent the thick, sticky lung secretions from blocking the air tubes This helps to reduce infection and prevent lung damage. The length of treatment sessions varies according to need. If there are few or no secretions, treatment sessions may only need to last 10-15 minutes. However, it could take as long as 45-60 minutes if there are many secretions to be cleared. The number of treatment sessions should be varied Most people do two a day when all is well, increasing to four a day when necessary. If no secretions are present, some people with CF only need treatment once a day.

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