Not enough research has been done to either recommend or not recommend this treatment. One pilot study was found that asked the question if adding non-invasive spontaneous/timed airway pressure to standard treatment, would make the patient feel better. The research team found that symptoms resolved more quickly when medications are delivered using non-invasive spontaneous/timed airway pressure, but only 20 patients were studied. As studies become available that test this therapy in a larger number of patients in the ED, our confidence in using this.
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