CPAP Versus Bilevel Pressure Support Ventilation in Cardiogenic Pulmonary Edema
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To evaluate whether bilevel positive airway pressure more rapidly improves ventilation than continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) in patients with acute pulmonary edema. CPAP is delivered via a simple device connected to oxygen.
Condition or disease
Severe Acute Cardiogenic Pulmonary Edema
Device: Boussignac CPAP - bilevel ventilation support
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Ages Eligible for Study:
Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
age > 16 yrs, acute onset of severe respiratory distress, bilateral rales and typical findings of congestion on chest radiograph
breathing frequency of > 30/min, SpO2 >90%, use of accessory respiratory muscles