Non-Invasive Ventilation in Infants Attending a Tertiary Care Center: A Retrospective Review


Length of Stay
Non-invasive Ventilation
Respiratory Distress


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Alsharif S. Non-Invasive Ventilation in Infants Attending a Tertiary Care Center: A Retrospective Review. Integr J Med Sci [Internet]. 2021 Aug. 2 [cited 2021 Oct. 26];8. Available from:


Bronchiolitis was found to be the greatest worldwide cause of infant hospitalization presenting with symptoms of cough, wheezes, difficulty in breathing, decreased feeding, and apneas. It is estimated that 1-3% of hospitalized infants will require treatment in an intensive care unit especially when risk factors are present. This study analyzes the use of Non-invasive ventilation (NIV) in severe bronchiolitis and its role in reducing the rate of ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP), and the duration of oxygen requirement. Data were collected retrospectively through PHENIX; hospital electronic system for infants less than one year old. Shortness of breath, cough, apnea, cyanosis, N-CPAP immediate or later after few hours, mechanical ventilation (MV), length of hospital stay, and survival status were the outcome variables. Mann-Whitney U test was performed via SPSS version 25.0.Fifty-five infants with bronchiolitis were admitted with forty-nine episodes receiving NIV or MV. A total of thirty-seven infants were treated with NIV while 15 infants were treated with MV. Fever was the major indication for initiating NIV among infants followed by cough, apnea, and shortness of breath. Insignificant evidence was reported between baseline respiratory parameters and infants receiving NIV and MV. Changes in respiratory variables in the first four hours showed significant increase for infants receiving NIV than those receiving MV. Infants receiving NIV had significantly fewer days in NIV and PICU, but insignificant fewer days in hospital stay. The experience for using NIV in infants admitted for bronchiolitis recommends that NIV might be adjunct to mechanical ventilation. This strategy was related with a lower rate of pneumonia and a shorter duration of oxygen therapy.



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