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Title: Domiciliary nasal respiratory support : first experiences in Malta
Authors: Montefort, Stephen
Camilleri, R.
Galea Debono, Anthony
Keywords: Respiratory organs -- Diseases -- Patients -- Home care
Respiratory therapy -- Equipment and supplies
Respirators (Medical equipment)
Issue Date: 1997
Publisher: Maltese Medical Journal
Citation: Maltese Medical Journal. 1997, Vol. 9(1), p. 32-37
Abstract: Nasal respiratory support is a non-invasive alternative to conventional assisted ventilation with endotracheal intubation, or the more cumbersome negative pressure ventilators. The two main types of this relatively new therapy are nasal intermittent positive pressure ventilation (NIPPV) and nasal continuous positive airway pressure (NCPAP) respiratory support, which are mostly used in chronic hypoventilatory states and obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) respectively. We have introduced these two types of respiratory support to five patients suffering from neuromuscular disorders and twenty-four patients with OSA with marked improvement in the quality of life of all patients concerned. Our experiences with these patients should hopefully lead to further development in the diagnostic and therapeutic facilities in this field in Malta.
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