Noninvasive Respiratory Support for Patients with COVID-19 Infection

This training will focus on noninvasive respiratory support strategies including high flow nasal cannula, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) or non-invasive ventilation for patients with acute respiratory failure due to COVID-19 pneumonia. 

Dr. Dean Hess will present the current evidence for the use of noninvasive respiratory support for hypoxemic respiratory failure as well as predictors for Noninvasive respiratory support failure. He will discuss the risk of aerosol generation and strategies to maximize caregiver protection when using noninvasive ventilation. The evidence for the following tools HACOR scale, ROX Index, and a nomogram to determine failure or the need to consider intubation with NIV respiratory support for COVID-19 will be also discussed.

Target Audience

This training is for respiratory therapist, physicians, and nurses.

Learning Objectives

1. Describe current evidence for Noninvasive respiratory support strategies for acute hypoxemic respiratory failure including in patients with COVID-19 pneumonia.

2. Identify predictors for Noninvasive respiratory support failure.

3. Discuss the value of combining Noninvasive respiratory support with proning for COVID-19 patients.

4. Discuss strategies to maximize caregiver protection when using Noninvasive respiratory support for COVID-19 patients.

Additional Information

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.50 ANCC Contact Hours
  • 0.50 BCIPE Instructional Hours
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Dean Hess, PhD, RRT, FAARC
Managing Editor, Respiratory Care
Lecturer, Northeastern University
Respiratory Care Massachusetts General Hospital


Faculty Disclosure

The design and content of Baystate Continuing Interprofessional Education ( CE ) activities support quality improvement in healthcare and provide fair and balanced views of therapeutic options.  Faculty or planner conflicts of interest are resolved before the educational activity.

Dr. Hess Disclosures: Ventec Life Support (Consultant), Daedalus (Mng. Ed.), UpToDate (Royalty), McGraw-Hill (Royalty), Jones and Barlett (Royalty)

None of the planning committee members for this educational event have commercial relationships with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling or distributing health care goods and services consumed by or used on patients.


In support of improving patient care, Baystate Health is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Available Credit

  • 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.50 ANCC Contact Hours
  • 0.50 BCIPE Instructional Hours


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