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Ventilators for NIV: how to choose, matching to patient, basic set-up

Dr Bernd Schönhofer
Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Klinikum Hannover
Podbielskistrasse 380
30659 Hannover, Germany

Dealing with NIV, the aim of this presentation is to characterize different types of ventilators and to
illustrate criteria how to choose ventilators. Additionally matching the respirator to patient and the
basic set-up in acute and chronic respiratory failure will be focused on.

Non-invasive mechanical ventilation (NIV) has a long tradition for the treatment of chronic respiratory
failure and more recently has also been applied in acute respiratory failure (ARF). Based on this
experience, negative pressure and positive pressure, critical care ventilators and portable, volume
targeted and pressure targeted ventilators in spontaneous (i.e. assist), spontaneous/timed
(i.e.assist/controlled) and timed (i.e. controlled) modes are used to perform NIV. The individual choice
of ventilator type should depend on the patient’s condition, but also on the expertise of attending staff,
the therapeutic requirements and finally on the location of care.
Many years volume targeted ventilators predominantly were applied to treat CRF; in the past decade
pressure targeted ventilators are surpassing the former. The majority of studies dealing with ARF have
used pressure targeted ventilation in the assist mode. Positive qualities of pressure support ventilation
(PSV) are leak compensation, good patient-ventilator synchrony and the option of integrated positive
end expiratory pressure to counteract the effect of dynamic hyperinflation. In this article some crucial
issues concerning PSV (i.e. triggering into inspiration, pressurisation, cycling into expiration and
CO2-rebreathing) and some corrective measures are discussed. The parameters which should be
monitored during NIV are presented.

How to choose the ventilator

In general many factors determine the choice of the ventilator type (table 1). When initiating home
(also called “long term mechanical ventilation”, LTMV), one main aim is to choose the simplest
technology. However, modern home ventilators offer a broad array of sophisticated operations. The
choice of type of the home ventilator should involve the patient’s participation as well as including the
practitioner experience.
Two different types of ventilators are mainly used: volume targeted ventilators (VTV) and pressure
targeted ventilators (PTV). In home mechanical ventilation PTV has been increasingly used from the
late 1980s on, and in the passed decade even surpassed VTV as a treatment of chronic respiratory
failure (CRF).
Two different types of ventilators are used to perform NIV in acute respiratory failure (ARF) (table
2): Critical care (CC) ventilators, which are characterised by high technical quality and elaborated
monitoring, but also much simpler, smaller and less expensive portable ventilators, which often are
used in home mechanical ventilation. In a French epidemiologic survey 76% CC ventilators and 24%
portable ventilators were used to apply NIV in the treatment of ARF 1. The technical performance
regarding 7 variables of 9 portable home pressure ventilators in a lung model was compared to a CC
ventilator 2. It was found that most pressure ventilators evaluated were able to respond to high
ventilatory demands and even outperformed the CC device.

Ventilator modes
Pressure targeted ventilation
Patients with ARF are often characterised by agitation, irregular breathing pattern and often
tachypnoea. They prefer ventilation modes which support spontaneous breathing. Compared to VTV
due to several significant advantages PTV are the preferred NIV devices in the treatment of ARF
(table 3). Accordingly, in the French epidemiologic survey ARF was treated in 67% with PSV with or
without positive endexpiratory pressure (PEEP), whereas in only 15% assist-control VTV were used 1.
PSV allows the patient to control inspiratory and expiratory times while providing a set pressure
which along with patient effort and respiratory mechanics determines the inspiratory flow and tidal
volume. Another positive quality of PSV is the improved patient-ventilator synchrony in terms of
triggering and cycle functions.
In order to compensate a significant leak a ventilator needs high flows. PTV have leak compensating
abilities with peak inspiratory flow rates of 120 – 180 L/min. However, based on a test lung model
recently it was found that leak compensating capabilities between six different devices differed
markedly 3. In volume targeted ventilators leak compensation is much more limited. Adding a leak to
the circuit of these ventilators caused a fall in tidal volume of more than 50% 4. Moderate leaks can be
compensated by increasing tidal volume.
The new generation of pressure targeted ventilators include higher maximal inspiratory pressure (up to
40 cm water), adjustable pressure rise time, adjustable minimum and maximum inspiratory times and
sophisticated monitoring and alarm systems. Especially in terms of efficacy and safety this new
generation has overcome the most concerns about the application of portable pressure ventilators as an
intervention in ARF. Some crucial issues of PSV and corrective measure are given in table 4. Failures
in the ventilator settings or other shortcomings may be perceived already during the adaptation period
in terms of insufficient improvement of gas exchange or adverse effects. During ventilation typical
problems may be persistent hypercapnia, hyoxemia, hypocapnia and air leaks. Table 5 deal with
possible causes and indicates some solutions.
COPD is characterised by dynamic hyperinflation and intrinsic PEEP which may cause patient-
ventilator asynchrony 5, 6 and consequent increase of work of breathing. PEEP, which is an integrated
option of PTV, is set to counteract the effect of intrinsic PEEP on ventilator triggering and therefore
increases the effect of the intervention and patient’s comfort. PEEP may also stabilize the upper
airway function during sleep, increase functional residual capacity or decrease micro- and

Proportional assist ventilation (PAV)

PAV has recently be proposed as a mode of synchronized partial ventilatory support in which the
ventilator pressure output is proportional to instantaneous patient effort 7. In patients with ARF due to
COPD, it has been shown that PAV decreases the resistive load of breathing proportionally to the
degree of inspiratory muscle effort 8. Compared to PSV, the effect of PAV was equal in terms of
improvement in physiologic parameters, with even higher levels of comfort 9.

Volume targeted ventilation

During VTV the ventilator delivers a set tidal volume for each breath and inflation pressures may
vary. VTV may be preferred in patients with changing respiratory impedance in order to ensure a
certain tidal volume. The ventilators have a more elaborated alarm system, the capability to generate
higher positive pressures, and built-in backup batteries that power the ventilator for at least one hour.
Ideally, the volume provided by the ventilators should be constant. However, Lofaso et al found that
some volume targeted home ventilators are inaccurate in delivering the preset tidal volume, especially
when a high airway resistance was simulated 10. VTV have no integrated PEEP but interchangeable
PEEP valves can be added to the exhalation port.
Compared to PSV volume targeted ventilators are rarely used in ARF due to some important
disadvantages (table 3) and were only in one study exclusively applied 11. Mainly caused by high peak
mask pressures volume targeted modes cause more discomfort in terms of leaks, gastric distension,
pressure sores and skin necrosis.

Control and assist-control mode
The combination of triggering spontaneous breathing and controlled mechanical ventilation is
available in volume targeted ventilators as the assist-control (A/C) mode, which is called
“spontaneous-timed” (ST) mode in pressure targeted ventilators. Here the ventilator setting allows for
spontaneous patient triggering and improves the patient-ventilator synchrony. The backup rate is
usually set at slightly below the spontaneous breathing rate.
Patients with CRF, who mostly are cooperative and often start NIV with an elective indication, are
optionally offered controlled ventilation modes, which has been rarely studied 12. In ARF the pure
control modes have been rarely applied. However, if they are used, the breathing frequency of the
ventilator must be set higher than the spontaneous breathing frequency to avoid spontaneous efforts.
Furthermore inspiratory and expiratory times are set. Volume or pressure targeted controlled modes
may be preferred in patients with unreliable respiratory effort, unstable ventilatory drive or mechanics,
apnoea and hypopneas, massive overloaded respiratory muscles and failure of pressure support modes
augmenting spontaneous breathing before endotracheal intubation.

Studies comparing ventilator modes

Comparisons between different modes in NIV are rarely done. However, studies have compared PSV
with VTV in A/C mode in patients with ARF. Table 6 highlights major points of these studies in
terms of patients’ comfort, and the efficacy of the intervention. No difference between modes were
found with respect to short-term physiologic end-points (i.e., gas exchange) 13-16. The A/C mode
resulted in a higher respiratory muscle rest. PSV was more comfortable and showed better leak
compensation 16.
In the chronic setting, several studies have been done to compare ventilator modes. In a short-term
study, Restrick et al found no difference in overnight oxygenation when patients with CRF used VTV
versus PTV, each for one night 17. Smith and Shneerson reported an improvement in diurnal blood gas
tensions compared to daytime in patients who switched from VTV to a PTV4. In a long-term case
series study we found that in a subpopulation of patients with clinically stable CRF, VTV may be
superior to PTV 12.

Ventilators with mixed volume and pressure targeted modes

In order to reach a greater variability of pressure and volume targeted modes, to bridge the distance
between them and to compensate for their specific limitations, recently new ventilators which combine
the 2 modes have been released 18. These respirators are similar to CC ventilators and may be useful
for difficult to adapt patients. Furthermore patients with rapidly changing breathing pattern and
breathing mechanics (such as intrinsic lung disease) may benefit from this kind of ventilators.
However, the clinical impact of these “dual ventilators” has not been well explored regarding the
treatment of ARF and therefore it is unknown if they offer important advantages to other respirators.

Synchronized intermittent mandatory ventilation (SIMV)

SIMV is still available in most VTV models. In SIMV, spontaneous breathing is possible in addition
to mandatory ventilation. Apart from recently developed ventilators in the older machines neither
demand nor continuous gas flow systems are available, i.e. the associated WOB during spontaneous
breathing is high 19. SIMV delivered by the latter should not be used any longer as a mode in LTMV.

How to adapt to and to set the ventilator

Practical Issues
In this chapter only respirator associated issues will be dealt with. Both in ARF and CRF adaptation to
NIV means to match the machine to the patient’s own pattern of breathing. Therefore asking the
following simple questions may be helpful: Are you getting a big enough breath ? Does the breath
lasts long enough ? Are the breaths coming too quickly ? Do you have enough time to breathe out ? Is
there enough time between the breaths ? Is the number of breaths adequate ?
Therefore in simple words every step should be explained to the patient in a calming manner. In order
to realize the most possible comfort and to reduce the probability of aspiration and gastro-esophageal
reflux the patient should be seated in an upright position (e.g., 45-60°). The duration of the first

continuous period of NIV depends on the well being and tolerance of the patient. Often it may be
helpful to interrupt the first period of NIV already after some minutes in order to get some feedback
and not to provoke an aversion against NIV. In case of dys-synchrony between patient and ventilator,
a short-term manual mask ventilation trial according to patients’ ventilator needs using an ambu-bag
may be helpful to induce acclimatization.

When NIV is started, the major aims are to reduce WOB and dyspnea. Regarding effectiveness of
mechanical ventilation, the physician must ensure an adequate inspiration in terms of pressure, volume
and timing. Normal tidal volume (VT) is about 5-9 mL/kg. Performing NIV with VTV the difference
compared to invasive mechanical ventilation is that a leak may cause a significant decrease in VT.
Therefore VT is set higher. VT about 10-15 mL/kg are large enough to compensate for leaks, resulting
in an effective, “leak compensated” VT of 5-9 mL/kg 20. With VTV in the controlled mode, the
inspiratory time is set directly (usually between 0.7 - 1.0 sec), or indirectly via peak inspiratory flow
rate which should be 40-60 L/min.

No scientific based data are available investigating the ideal peak inspiratory pressure. Concerning the
recommended pressure levels there is a tendency to set higher levels in some European countries
compared to USA. The fact that no patient could tolerate inspiratory pressures of higher than 15 cm
H2O in several US studies 21, 22 is in contrast to other studies, where pressures between 18 and 40 H2O
were applied 23-25. Also Bott et al used VTV in AC mode to treat ARF with peak inspiratory pressures
in excess of 30 cm H2O mostly without irritating patients 11. Independent of the applied time frame and
ventilator type compared to patients with neuromuscular diseases, in patients with chest wall disorders
and obesity hypoventilation (OHS) high levels of inspiratory pressure are chosen (up to 30 cm H2O
and sometimes even higher).

In more recently developed PTV respirators pressure rise time (i.e., the time to reach the preset
inspiratory pressure) can be set, in order to enhance patients’ comfort. In COPD, patients require a
rapid pressure rise time, e.g. 0.1 – 0.2 sec may be preferred. A relaxed patient, e.g. with NM, without
high ventilatory drive of breathing feels convenient with a slower rise time, e.g. 0.3-0.5 sec.

Monitoring during adaptation and follow up

What physiologic parameters should be monitored during both the acute adaptation to NIV ? In the
initial adaptation period, close observation of MV, synchrony between the ventilator and patient and
degree of activation of the accessory muscles is needed in order to correct shortcomings. The quality
of MV should be evaluated by blood gas analysis. The appropriate ventilator settings are based on the
PaCO2 and pH values as a surrogate of ventilation which should be measured about one hour after a
continuous period of NIV. During this initial period, effective MV should translate into a decrease of
PaCO2 by 5-10 mm Hg and associated increase of pH.


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Underlying pathophysiology
Invasiveness and degree of ventilator dependency
Individual needs and preference of the patient
Presence of artificial airway
Age and compliance of the patient
External PEEP
Necessary supplies
Local expertise
Staff familiarity

Tab. 1: Some important factors which influence the decision what kind of ventilator is chosen

Issues CC ventilator Portable ventilator

Technical aspects Higher technical quality Simpler technique

Monitoring, alarms Elaborated No
Specific issue Not all ventilators useful PSV responds to high ventilatory demands
in treatment of ARF See table 2

Table 2: Critical care (CC) ventilators versus portable ventilators, PSV: Pressure support

Level of applied volume medium high
Level of applied pressure Medium/high high
Noise low low
Weight medium high
Alarm rare yes
Handling easy medium
Price medium medium/ high
Internal battery rare usual
Comfort high medium
Amount of reduced WOB medium high
Amount of leak compensation high medium
Mucosal dryness medium low
CO2 rebreathing low no
Trigger sensitivity high medium
EPAP (external PEEP) option yes optional
Tachypnoe tolerance high low
Effect on progressing illness low medium
Table 3: Pressure targeted ventilators (PTV) versus volume targeted ventilators (VTV),
WOB: Work of breathing, PEEP: Positive endexpiratory pressure

Problem Potential cause Corrective measure

Inspiratory trigger 1. Air leak 1. Face mask
2. Autocycling, since trigger is 2. Reduction of trigger
set too sensitive sensitivity
3. Increased work of breathing 3. Flow trigger
due to pressure trigger
Pressurisation 1. Increase of inspiratory
1. Pressure rise time is too long
2. Pressure support too low 2. Reduction of pressure rise
Expiratory trigger 1. Air leak 1. Face mask
2. High endinspiratory flow 2.1. Increase of
endinspiratory flow threshold
2.2. Preset time limit of the
CO2-rebreathing 1. Single circuit 2. Two lines
(No true exhalation valve) (Exhalation valve)
2. High respiratory rate 2. Lower respiratory rate
3. No PEEP 3. PEEP
Table 4: Some problems when PSV is applied and corrective measures

Crucial issue Potential cause Troubleshooting
Hypercapnia* Pressure support, Vt, Increase one of more of theses
fb or volume is too parameters
Air leak# Change mask type
VTV: increase Vt
Change from VTV to PTV
CO2 - rebreathing CO2 - rebreathing valve,
external PEEP
Low compliance Increase care and education
Hypocapnia Vt, fb, minute Reduce one of more of theses
ventilation and/ or parameters
IPAP too high
Air leak Nasal mask, open See Air leak#
Hypoxemia With hypercapnia See Hypercapnia*
Without Hypercapnia:
Atelectasis or
Intrinsic lung disorder Increase of external PEEP O2
(gas exchange) supplemantation

Table 5: Troubleshooting of crucial issues of pressure support ventilation (PSV), tidal

volume (Vt), breathing frequency (fb)

A/C mode PSV

Comfort medium high
Gas exchange improved improved
Muscle rest high low
Leak compensation low high

Table 6: Comparison between A/C mode and PSV

Slide 1 ___________________________________
Ventilators for NIV
How to choose, matching to patient, ___________________________________
basic set up
Bernd Schönhofer, MD, PhD
Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Klinikum Hannover ___________________________________

ERS school course ___________________________________

Noninvasive positive pressure ventilation: State of the art
Pisa, 10. June 2004

Slide 2 ___________________________________
Ventilators for NIV
How to choose ? ___________________________________

Slide 3 The choice of NIV-ventilators depends on: ___________________________________

Underlying pathophysiology ___________________________________
Acute respiratory failure
Weaning from respirator
Chronic respiratory failure ___________________________________
Convenience ___________________________________
Perceived benefit ___________________________________
Individual needs and preference of the
Age and compliance of the patient

Slide 4 The choice of NIV-ventilators depends on (2): ___________________________________
Local expertise ___________________________________
Staff familiarity
Impact on nurse workload
Technical issues
External PEEP ___________________________________
Necessary supplies ___________________________________
Needs to follow-up
Portability ___________________________________

Slide 5 The choice of NIV-ventilators depends on (3): ___________________________________

Security issues
Alarms (on pressure, volume, frequency…) ___________________________________
Monitoring (TV, leak volume, frequency…)
Patient-circuit detection by ventilator ___________________________________
Battery supply

Kind of „arbitrary“ issues

Home-care provider
Hospital policy of technical department ___________________________________
Insurance politics

Slide 6 ___________________________________
Different techniques in NIV
• Negative and positive pressure
• Volume and pressure targeted ventilation ___________________________________
• Assisted and controlled mode
• Intensive care and home ventilators

Slide 7 Negative pressure ventilation ___________________________________
unloads respiratory muscles
Pes ___________________________________

EMG dia
Carrey, Chest 1990; 97: 150

Slide 8 Negative as effective as positive pressure ___________________________________

in teatment of acute on chronic respiratory
failure (CRF) in COPD patients ___________________________________
Corrado et al, Chest 2001; 121: 189
Group Patients Failure Deaths Intubation
NPV 53 11 (21%) 8 (15%) 5 (9,4%)
PPV 53 13 (25%) 9 (17%) 7 (13.2) ___________________________________
NPV: Negative pressure ventilation
PPV: Positive pressure ventilation

Slide 9 Volume (VTV) ___________________________________

and pressure targeted ventilation (PTV)




Slide 10 VTV in CRF ___________________________________
First author, journal, year Diagnosis
Ellis et al, ARRD, 1987, Chest, 1988
Kerby et al, ARRD, 1987
Leger et al, Respir Care, 1989 RTD
Carroll et al, Thorax, 1988 RTD, COPD
Bach et al, Chest, 1987, 1990 NM ___________________________________
Heckmatt et al, Lancet 1990 RTD
Gay et al, Mayo Clin Proc, 1991 RTD, COPD
Goldstein et al, Chest 1991 RTD ___________________________________
Elliott et al, Thorax 1992 Miscell.
Piper, Sullivan, ERS, 1996 NM
Muir et al, AJRCCM, 1999 COPD ___________________________________
Restrictive thoracic disease: RTD
Neuromuscular disease: NM
Chronic obstructive disease: COPD

Slide 11 VTV in long term ventilation ___________________________________

in neuromuscular disorders
Taking into account that experience with
recently released pressure targeted
ventilation (PTV) continues to be limited, and
that only volume targeted ventilation VTV are
readily available for home mechanical ___________________________________
ventilation, there was consensus on generally
recommending the use of VTV in the assist ___________________________________
control and control mode.
Robert et al, Consensus conference, ERJ, 1993 ___________________________________

Slide 12 PTV surpasses VTV in home ventilation ___________________________________

Schönhofer, ERS Monograph, 2001, 259-273

30 ___________________________________
0 ___________________________________
1990 1992 1994 1996 1998 2000
Volume targeted ventilators
Pressure targeted ventilators (PTV) in spontaneous mode
PTV in controlled or assist-controlled mode

Slide 13 VTV vs PTV – advantages/disadvantages
Issue Pressure Volume ___________________________________
Amount of leak compensation high low
Trigger sensitivity high low/medium
EPAP (PEEP) option yes rare ___________________________________
Volume constance medium high
Level of applied pressure medium/high high
Comfort high low/medium ___________________________________
Amount of reduced WOB medium high
Long duration batteries rare yes
Alarms rare yes ___________________________________
Air stacking no yes
High breathing drive +++ +

Slide 14 VTV and PTV ___________________________________

according to diagnosis
Pressure Volume ___________________________________
COPD Neuromuscular
Obesity-Hypoventilation Chest wall deform
Hypovent. + OSA COPD
Neuromuscular OHS
Chest wall deform

Slide 15 Capacity to compensate for leak ___________________________________

Metha et al, ERJ, 2001: 17: 259

Leak +
VT % baseline

Leak +++ ___________________________________


Slide 16 In a subgroup of patients with CRF ___________________________________
VTV may be more effective than PTV


4 weeks VTV 4 months VTV ___________________________________
4 weeks PTV
Schönhofer et al, ERJ, 1997; 10: 184 ___________________________________

Slide 17 Assisted and controlled mode ___________________________________

• Spontaneous mode (S) ___________________________________
–Triggered by patient

• Spontaneous/ timed (S/T) ___________________________________

= Assist/control (A/C)
–Triggered by patient - or ventilator
• Timed (T) ___________________________________
= Controlled
–Triggered by ventilator ___________________________________

Slide 18 ___________________________________
A/C vs PSV
Girault C, Chest 111:1639, 1997 ___________________________________
Paw, cmH2O 6.9 0.4 4.6
∆Pes, cmH2O 6.0 21.4 9.8
pEMGdi 60.5 100 67.5 ___________________________________
WOBinsp,J 0.38 0.85 0.52
Comfort, VAS (0-100) 57 75 82 ___________________________________
Acute on chronic RF, Nasal mask, n=15

Slide 19 ___________________________________
Portable- vs ICU- ventilators
Results from bench studies: ___________________________________
Comparative or even better bench study
triggering, pressurization, and cycling ___________________________________
between home ventilators and ICU
ventilators ___________________________________
Bunburaphong et al, Chest 1997;111:1050
Patel and Petrini, Chest. 1998;114:1390-6
Tassaux et al, Intensive Care Med. 2002; 28: 1254-61
Richard et al, ICM, 2002; 28: 1049 - 1057 ___________________________________

Slide 20 ___________________________________
ICU- versus portable ventilators
Portable ICU ventilators ___________________________________
Leak compensation +++ +
Inspiratory trigger +++ less sophisticated
Expiratory trigger problem
vital indication
Monitoring no (yes) yes
Oxygen blender
Compactness yes no
CO2 rebreathing
Helmet compatible difficult yes

Slide 21 ICU ventilators ___________________________________

22-bed MICU, University hospital, 1997-8
• Hypercapnic (41%); hypoxemic (29%);
weaning/post-extubation (29%); n = 143
• PSV 15 + 3 (69%) or A/CV 500cc + 5 (31%) ___________________________________
– Mode changed in 20% first 24h, saved ETT in
• Mask according to best fit: 81% oronasal
– Mask changed in 18% at some time
• Success: 64% ___________________________________
Girault C, Crit Care Med 31:552, 2003 ___________________________________

Slide 22 Bi-level portable ventilators

Technical options
Trigger ___________________________________
– Flow
– Pressure

Pressurization ___________________________________
Rise time
Inspiratory time

Slide 23 “Modern Bi-level” ventilation ___________________________________

Technical options
Flow trigger, more sensitive ___________________________________
Expiratory trigger
“Intelligent” alarms ___________________________________
Easy to handle
Monitoring capabilities
High FiO2

Slide 24 ___________________________________
What settings ?
Inspiration Switching Expiration

Slide 25 Flow vs Pressure trigger ___________________________________
- a matter of work of breathing

PTPes total (cm H2O x s)


15 ___________________________________

pressure Flow trigger Flow trigger
trigger at 1L/min at 5L/min
Nava et al, Thorax, 1997: 52: 249

Slide 26 Why not triggering ? ___________________________________

• Patient
– Reduced respiratory efforts
– Dynamic hyperinflation
– UAO ___________________________________
• Circuit
– Obstructed, e.g. HMEs ___________________________________
• Mask
– Leak ___________________________________
• Ventilator
– Trigger sensitivity is reduced ___________________________________

Slide 27 Effect of Inspiratory Positive Airway

Pressure (IPAP) ___________________________________
Pressure support = IPAP minus EPAP ___________________________________
Decreased WOB
Improved ventilation
Increased tidal volume
Decreased CO2 ___________________________________
Increased O2

Slide 28 Effect of Expiratory Positive Airway
Pressure (EPAP) ___________________________________
Counter autoPEEP ___________________________________
Raise FRC, recruit lung
Reduce preload and afterload
Limit dynamic airway collapse ___________________________________

Slide 29 NIV with PSV in ARF ___________________________________

How to set ?
• Meduri PEEP + PSV 10-20; full face
• Vitacca PEEP 5 + A/CV VT 12mL/kg; RR 15;
or PEEP 5 + PSV 14-22; full face
• Brochard PEEP 0 + PSV 20; full face
• Kramer PEEP 2.6 + PSV 11 (8 to start); nasal ___________________________________
• Antonelli PEEP 5.1+ PSV (to VT 8-10cc/kg)
• or fixed pressures (e.g. IPAP: 20, EPAP: 4), Plant

Slide 30 Set inspiratory pressure ___________________________________

Airway pressure [cm H2O]
IPAP: Peak inspiratory pressure ___________________________________
30 More rest ? Leak ?
Better ventilation quality ?

Slow increase up to 15-20

cmH2O (in most studies)
External PEEP, EPAP

Slide 31 ___________________________________
Inspiratory pressure reduces WOB
Inspiratory PSV [cm H2O] 12 20 p
Decrease of RR [1/min] 3 16 <0.05
Decrease of pCO2 4 21 <0.05
Decrease of Pdi 7.2 11.2 0.08 ___________________________________
Brochard L, et al, NEJM, 1990; 323: 1523-30

Slide 32 PEEP reduces WOB (PTPdi) in ___________________________________

patients with intrinsic PEEP
PTPdi (% of control)


40 ___________________________________

PS10 PS10 PS20 PS20


Nava et al, Chest, 1993; 103: 143 ___________________________________


Slide 33 Pressure rise time (PRT) ___________________________________

IPAP ___________________________________
300 ms ___________________________________
• COPD patient need short PRT
• In patients with neuromuscular diseases or Obesity
Hypoventilation PRT tends to be longer

Slide 34 ___________________________________
Inspiratory time (Ti)
• Set by operator ___________________________________
– Based on respiratory rate during spontaneous
breathing ___________________________________
– Select I:E ratio
• In COPD: short inspiration (I:E, e.g. 1: 2.5)
• In Restriction: longer inspiration (I:E, e.g. 1:1.5) ___________________________________
• Calculation serve as guides
• Based on expiratory trigger ___________________________________
– Detect deceleration of flow at end of inspiration

Slide 35 ___________________________________
Set inspiratory time= time cycled
In case of cycling – problems
– Leakage
– Increased airway resistance
• Set inspiratory time window (“min/max”)
• Improves ventilator efficacy ___________________________________

Slide 36 Leakage causes failure of cycling into expiration ___________________________________

Time- vs Flow - Cycling
Flow cycled pressure support High flow due to leak ___________________________________
Timed cycled ventilation

Calderini et al, ICM, 1999; 25: 662

Slide 37 Back–up frequency
• Set in ST- or A/C mode
• Indications ___________________________________
–Central apneas
–Low spontaneous fb during sleep

–Max muscle rest


Slide 38 Timed mode ___________________________________

• Set frequency slightly higher than ___________________________________

spontaneous breathing frequency
• Set I:E ratio
• Indications
– Ineffective triggering ___________________________________
– Max muscle rest

Slide 39 ___________________________________
Many open questions
RE technical issues ___________________________________


Slide 40 Impact of home ventilator failure
Srinivasan al. Chest 1998;114:1363-67
87/150 patients required assistance

Slide 41 Performance issues ___________________________________

(Bench vs bed)
• Blower or piston efficiency
• Triggering optimum sensitivity ___________________________________
• Trigger delay
• CO2 rebreathing ___________________________________
• Humidification
• O2 entrainment ___________________________________
• Valve or outlet
• Tubing ___________________________________

Slide 42 Home care ventilators ___________________________________

• Inspiratory and expiratory tubing ___________________________________
• Inspiratory tube + expiratoty valves:
- diaphragm
- balloon
• Inspiratory tubes + “non-rebreathing” valves:
- Whisper Swivel®
- Plateau valve ®
- mask holes

Slide 43 ___________________________________
How To Start ?
Matching, Basic setting ___________________________________
Some practical issues

Slide 44 ___________________________________
Elective initiation of NIV
• Patient seated at about 45 degrees
• Apply mask briefly to face; reassure ___________________________________
• Then affix headgear
RE Interfaces, see separate presentation

Slide 45 Initiation of NIV in CRF ___________________________________

• Alarms off ___________________________________
• Low pressures
• Adjust PTV or VTV according to comfort
muscle rest and quality of ventilation ___________________________________
• Seek and correct leaks
• Assure patient-ventilator synchrony ___________________________________
• Sedate judiciously

Slide 46 Ask simple questions ___________________________________
• Tidal volumen
– Not enough, sufficient, too much ? ___________________________________
• Speed of air flow ___________________________________
– Too slow, adequate, too fast ?
• Breathing frequency
– Too low, adequate, too high ___________________________________
• Time to expiration
– Too short, adequate, too long

Slide 47 How to set the ventilator ? ___________________________________

Vitacca et al, Chest 2000
• Usual setting:
Maximal support, reducing PaCO2 < 5%
ePEEP progressively increased by 1 cmH2O at ___________________________________
patient’s comfort (</= 6 cm H2O)
• Physiologic setting
Decrease of transdiaphragmatic pressure (Pdi)
(i.e. 40-90% of spontaneous breathing)
Decrease iPEEP by ePEEP
(i.e. 50% of spontaneous breathing) ___________________________________

Slide 48 „Usual“ vs physiological setting ___________________________________

Vitacca et al, Chest, 2000; 118: 1286
Prevalence of
Reduction ineffective efforts,
of PEEPi Reduction of PTP i.e. triggering ___________________________________


-60 Usual ___________________________________


Compared with spontaneous breathing


Slide 49 ___________________________________
Initiation of NIV in ARF
• Inspiratory pressure: 20-30 mbar
• Expiratory pressure: 5-8 mbar ___________________________________
• Tidal volume: 5-7 ml/kg
– Aim at adequate ventilation ___________________________________
• Breathing frequency : Close to
spontaneous fb
• FiO2: SaO2 guided


Slide 50 Adjustment to the ventilator ___________________________________

Evaluation and monitoring
No single parameter, but the time course
of the diagnostic package determines the
decision: NIV or intubation ___________________________________
Comfort SaO2 PCO2 pH fb Vt Leak


Re- evaluation after 1-2 hours


Slide 51 NIV in ARF

– early failure and success
Responder ___________________________________

70 ___________________________________
60 Responder

Baseline 2 hr

Meduri et al, Chest, 1996 ___________________________________


Slide 52 ___________________________________
Troubleshooting (1)
–Ventilator ___________________________________
–Inspiratory pressure ___________________________________
–Breathing frequency
–I:E ratio ___________________________________
–In- expiratory trigger

Slide 53 Troubleshooting (2) ___________________________________

• Do not hyperventilate ___________________________________
– IPAP too high
• Aerophagia ___________________________________
• Glottis closure
• Expiratory muscle active during inspiration
• Asynchrony ___________________________________
• CO2 rebreathing ___________________________________
– EPAP too low
– Missing expiratory valve, outlet ___________________________________