Intensive Care Medicine

, Volume 29, Issue 10, pp 1671–1679

Noninvasive positive pressure ventilation delivered by helmet vs. standard face mask

  • Davide Chiumello
  • Paolo Pelosi
  • Eleonora Carlesso
  • Paolo Severgnini
  • Michele Aspesi
  • Chiara Gamberoni
  • Massimo Antonelli
  • Giorgio Conti
  • Maurizio Chiaranda
  • Luciano Gattinoni
Original

DOI: 10.1007/s00134-003-1825-9

Cite this article as:
Chiumello, D., Pelosi, P., Carlesso, E. et al. Intensive Care Med (2003) 29: 1671. doi:10.1007/s00134-003-1825-9

Abstract

Objective

This bench and human study compared large and small helmets with face mask (FM) for delivery of noninvasive positive pressure ventilation.

Design

A lung simulator was employed, and the human study involved six healthy subjects. We evaluated a continuous high-flow (CPAPHF), low flow (CPAPLF), ventilator (CPAPVENT) CPAP, and pressure support ventilation (PSV 10 and 20 cmH2O). In the human study we used CPAPHF, CPAPVENT, and PSV 5 cmH2O. PEEP was 5 cmH2O.

Measurements

In the bench study during CPAP we measured the negative airway pressure time product (areaCPAP), i.e., the area of airway pressure (Paw) under PEEP and during PSV the pressure airway time product (areaPSV), i.e., the area of Paw from onset to end of inspiratory flow. In the human study we measured the breathing pattern and work of breathing (WOB).

Results

In the bench study during CPAPLF the helmets had a lower areaCPAP than the FM, while during CPAPHF the three interfaces had similar areaCPAP. Using CPAPVENT and PSV the FM reduced areaCPAP and increased areaPSV compared to helmets. At 20 cmH2O of PSV using helmets areaPSV was similar to that obtained at 10 cmH2O of PSV using the FM. In human study using CPAPHF and CPAPVENT the tree interfaces had similar effects on breathing pattern and WOB, while using PSV the FM reduced WOB more than helmets.

Conclusions

During CPAPLF helmets were more efficient than FM, while during CPAPHF the three interfaces were comparable. Using CPAPVENT and PSV, FM was more efficient than helmets

Keywords

Interfaces Facial mask Helmet Comfort of breathing Work of breathing Noninvasive ventilation 

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Davide Chiumello
    • 1
  • Paolo Pelosi
    • 2
  • Eleonora Carlesso
    • 1
  • Paolo Severgnini
    • 2
  • Michele Aspesi
    • 2
  • Chiara Gamberoni
    • 2
  • Massimo Antonelli
    • 3
  • Giorgio Conti
    • 3
  • Maurizio Chiaranda
    • 2
  • Luciano Gattinoni
    • 1
  1. 1.Istituto di Anestesia e Rianimazione, Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico-IRCCSUniversita' degli Studi di MilanoMilanItaly
  2. 2.Dipartimento di Scienze Cliniche e BiologicheUniversita' degli Studi dell'InsubriaVareseItaly
  3. 3.Istituto di Anestesiologia e Rianimazione, Policlinico A. GemelliUniversità Cattolica del Sacro CuoreRomeItaly