Patient outcomes

There are many positive outcomes for OHS patients being treated with NIV, including:

  • Improved blood gases during the night, which in turn improves them during the day
  • Relieved ventilatory muscles1
  • Positive effect on lung function, especially when residual capacity is increased2
  • Lower mortality compared to OHS patients not treated with NIV3

Special considerations

  • OHS patients require a high level of medical care and are more likely to be hospitalized. (8.6 times higher than for general population control subjects).3
  • OHS patients have been found to make 11.2 physician visits per year compared to 5.7 visits for obese-only patients.3
  • Effective treatment of OHS has shown a significant reduction in physician fees and a 68.4% decrease in annual hospitalization days.3

References

  • 01

    Contal O, Carnevale C, Borel JC, Sabil A, Tamisier R, Levy P, Janssens JP, Pepin JL. Pulse transit tima as a measure of respiratory effort under nonivasive ventilation. Eur Respir J. 2013 41(2):346-53

  • 02

    Budweiser, S., Hitzl A.P., J├Ârres, R.A., Schmidbauer, K., Heinemann, F., Pfeifer, M., (2007). Health-related quality of life and long-term prognosis in chronic hypercapnic respiratory failure: a prospective survival analysis. Respir Res 8(17): 92

  • 03

    Berg G, Delaive K, Manfreda J, et al. The use of healthcare resources in obesity hypoventilation syndrome. Chest. 2001 120: 377-383

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