Medical Guideline: Use of Non‐Invasive Mechanical Ventilation (NIMV) in Respiratory Failure

Brief Description: This guideline is intended for acutely decompensating patients requiring short-term (hours to days) therapy of mechanical ventilation. Patients with chronic respiratory failure who require chronic nocturnal CPAP/BiPAP are covered by another policy. This guideline does not apply to patients already on NIMV being downgraded or transferred from a higher level of care. Delivery of NIMV in these patients is covered under “continuation of NIMV”


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