Gold Cross Ambulance. CPAP. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. Presentation Structure. Goal of CPAP in the field CPAP and its physiological effects CPAP delivery systems Medical applications of CPAP When not to use CPAP. Goal of CPAP. To have an effective way to treat CHF/COPD
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1912 - Maintenance of lung expansion during thoracic surgery (S. Brunnel)
1937 - High altitude flying to prevent hypoxemia. (Barach et al)
1967 - CPPB + IPPV to treat ARDS (Ashbaugh et al)
1971 - Term CPAP introduced, used to treat HMD in neonates (Gregory et al)
1972 - CPAP used to treat ARF (Civetta et al)
1973 - CPAP used to treat COPD (Barach et al)
1981 - Downs generator (Fried et al)
1982 - Modern definition of CPAP (Kielty et al)
‘The application of positive airway pressure throughout the whole
respiratory cycle to spontaneously breathing patients.
‘The pressure of a gas mixture is equal to the sum of the partial pressures of its constituents.
This allows oxygen into the blood during inspiration and Carbon Dioxide out during expiration.
Example : Air at sea level has a pressure of 760mm Hg.
Air is 21% oxygen and 79% nitrogen.
partial pressure of oxygen is 760 X 21% = 159mm Hg
1cm H2O is equal to 0.735mm Hg.
7.5cm H2O CPAP increases the partial pressure of the alveolar air by approximately 1%.
This increase in partial pressure ‘forces’ more oxygen into the blood.
Even this comparatively small change is enough to make a clinical difference.
1. Flow generator
2. CPAP valve
Air Supply In
Total Flow 60 L/min
ConditionArea for Treatment
Pulmonary edema Emergency
Acute Respiratory Failure Emergency
Anesthesia Pre Operative
Atelectasis ICU/General Ward
Alternative to Mechanical Ventilation ICU/General Ward
Weaning from Mechanical Ventilation ICU/General Ward
Left Ventricular Failure
Large intrapulmonary shunt
Reduce intrapulmonary shunt
Administer CPAP using Max FIO2
Stable or Improving Reassess Patient Deteriorating