How to prevent intubation

Often NIV is possible before intubation may be required. Potential complications of invasive ventilation can be avoided, and the length of stay and mortality may decrease in the ICU.

Prevent intubation as first step of the Respiration Pathway


Prevent intubation as long as possible because ...

  • patients with mechanically-assisted ventilation could develop ventilator-associated-pneumonia (VAP)
  • patients with VAP could have a significantly longer ICU and hospital length of stay
  • the treatment of VAP may account for almost half of all antibiotics administered in ICUs

The optimal gas exchange


This model illustrates the function of the ventilation pump, the ideal condition and two extreme examples of pulmonary gas exchange. In the ideal condition, ventilation and circulation of the alveoli are optimal while the ventilation/perfusion ratio V./Q is 0.8.


High-flow oxygen therapy

High-flow oxygen therapy applied with a special binasal high-flow nasal cannula and a heated inspiratory breathing circuit – provides comfortable, non-invasive respiratory support to patients who require oxygen at higher flow rates.


Non-Invasive Ventilation and Non-Invasive Ventilation Types

Non-invasive ventilation (NIV) is ventilator support given to patients without the use of an endotracheal tube.

Our set of treatment tools to prevent intubation

The way to prevent intubation is the sum of an orchestra of treatment tools, therapy decisions and know-how in acute care.


Anti Air Shower to improve patient comfort while avoiding air flush to the patient during e.g. mask fitting or suctioning procedure.

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Non-invasive ventilation in all modes to support the seamless transition from one application mode to another, assisting minimal invasiveness.


O2 therapy to assure the delivery of oxygen with set FiO2 for optimal oxygen therapy.


Non-invasive ventilation booklet

Get insights about Non-invasive ventilation with our booklet

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Mini Manual Ventilation

Learn more about ventilation with our mini manual

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Dräger PulmoVista® 500 – making ventilation visible

Live non-invasive, regional information on distribution of ventilation. This could help adjusting ventilation parameters to achieve individually optimized ventilation.

Follow the Respiration Pathway


Phase 2 - Stabilize


Phase 3 - Wean


Phase 4 - Recover


Your choice for every therapy phase

Would you like to learn more about our set of treatment tools to support individual ventilation therapy along the whole Respiration Pathway?

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