Ward-based non-invasive ventilation in acute exacerbations of COPD: a narrative review of current practice and outcomes in the UK

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  • University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust


Non-invasive ventilation (NIV) is frequently used as a treatment for acute hypercapnic respiratory failure (AHRF) in hospitalised patients with acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (AECOPD). In the UK, many patients with AHRF secondary to AECOPD are treated with ward-based NIV, rather than being treated in critical care. NIV has been increasingly used as an alternative to invasive ventilation and as a ceiling of treatment in patients with a ‘do not intubate’ order. This narrative review describes the evidence base for ward-based NIV in the context of AECOPD and summarises current practice and clinical outcomes in the UK.


Original languageEnglish
Article number145
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 9 Dec 2018


  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Mortality, ceiling of treatment, Non-invasive ventilation, exacerbations

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