Andrea Coppadoro, Annalisa Benini, Robert Fruscio, Luisa Verga, Paolo Mazzola, Giuseppe Bellelli, Marco Carbone, Giacomo Mulinacci, Alessandro Soria, Beatrice Noè, Eduardo Beck, Riccardo Di Sciacca, Davide Ippolito, Giuseppe Citerio, Maria Grazia Valsecchi, Andrea Biondi, Alberto Pesci, Paolo Bonfanti, Davide Gaudesi, Giacomo Bellani, Giuseppe Foti

Publicação: Critical Care volume 25, Article number: 80 (2021)
Ano: 24 de fevereiro de 2021
DOI: 10.1186/s13054-021-03502-y



Respiratory failure due to COVID-19 pneumonia is associated with high mortality and may overwhelm health care systems, due to the surge of patients requiring advanced respiratory support. Shortage of intensive care unit (ICU) beds required many patients to be treated outside the ICU despite severe gas exchange impairment. Helmet is an effective interface to provide continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) noninvasively. We report data about the usefulness of helmet CPAP during pandemic, either as treatment, a bridge to intubation or a rescue therapy for patients with care limitations (DNI).