Huff and Puff and Blow the House Down: Non-Invasive Ventilation

Author(s): McEvoy Michael T

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Mar 31, 2023

Topics: COVID-19, Pulmonary, Technology

Level: AdvancedBeginner

Population: Lifespan

Role: Educator, Staff

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

CPAP, BiPAP and high-flow nasal cannula (HFNC) are non-invasive ventilation (NIV) tools which decrease work of breathing, increase patient comfort and improve outcomes. This presentation provides a history of NIV, overview of various NIV tools, patient selection criteria, standards of care and assessment and application pearls. Tips for NIV titration using capnography help prevent the big bad wolf from blowing the patient's house down.


  • Identify indications and contraindications for various types of NIV.
  • Describe the physiology and patient benefits of NIV.
  • Discuss the use of capnography for monitoring CPAP and BiPAP.

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Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


This activity has been reviewed by the Nurse Planner. It has been determined that the material presented here shows no bias. No conflicts of interest have been identified for any individual with the ability to influence the content of this activity. Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing education only and does not imply AACN or ANCC approval or endorsement of any commercial products discussed or displayed in conjunction with this educational activity.


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC's) Commission on Accreditation, ANCC Provider Number 0012. AACN has been approved as a provider of continuing education in nursing by the California State Board of Nursing (CBRN), California Provider number CEP 1036. This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

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