There are a considerable number of misconceptions about how complications from COVID-19 can be treated when ventilation is needed. Below is a comparison between Intermittent Mandatory Ventilation (IMV) and Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) and their functionalities when used in treatment.

Stages of complications from COVID-19. Reference.
  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is a form of non-invasive assistive breathing where a continuous stream of purified air is delivered to a mask that is sealed around your nose or mouth. CPAP Machines can also be used to treat patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), and is a preventive support mode for patients with other diseases, such as Acute Asthma, Congestive Heart Failure, or Cystic Fibrosis.
  • Intermittent Mandatory Ventilation (IMV) is a mode of mechanical ventilation where a regular series of breaths are scheduled but the ventilator senses patient effort and reschedules mandatory breaths based on the calculated need of the patient. The patient must be intubated with a tracheal tube that pushes air directly into the lungs, which is attached to the patient circuit.

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