In this meta-analysis of patients with acute cardiogenic pulmonary edema, researchers found that CPAP reduced mortality and need for intubation, and bi-level ventilation reduced the need for intubation (but not mortality). Either modality of non-invasive ventilation appears to benefit patients with acute cardiogenic pulmonary edema (abstract)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.