Noninvasive Ventilatory Support: Neonatal Applications webcast


The March of Dimes estimates that 15 million infants are born premature.1 Several of these infants will develop respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) and require respiratory support. Noninvasive ventilation (NIV) helps maintain the functional residual capacity, decrease work of breathing and reduce chronic lung disease, while preventing complications associated with intubation.2 The early use of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) may decrease the need for mechanical ventilation without increasing the chance of complications.3

Course summary

This webcast discusses noninvasive nentilatory support for neonatal patients with RDS.

Questions and answers

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Learning objectives

Discuss the evolving trends in the management of preterm infants with RDS


Identify factors that contribute to the need for mechanical ventilation and/or post-extubation failure in preterm infants


Describe approaches aimed at reducing the need for mechanical ventilation and/or post-extubation failure rates in very-low-birth-weight infants


Discuss the impact of NIV ventilatory support on chronic lung disease