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A Retrospective Study on Experience of High-flow Nasal Cannula Oxygen in Critically Ill COVID-19 Adult Patients Admitted to Intensive Care Unit

Sukhyanti Kerai, Rahil Singh, Suraj D Desai, Anju R Bhalotra

Keywords : Acute hypoxemic respiratory failure (AHRF), COVID-19, High-flow nasal cannula (HFNC) oxygen therapy, Intensive care unit

Citation Information : Kerai S, Singh R, Desai SD, Bhalotra AR. A Retrospective Study on Experience of High-flow Nasal Cannula Oxygen in Critically Ill COVID-19 Adult Patients Admitted to Intensive Care Unit. Indian J Crit Care Med 2022; 26 (1):62-66.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10071-24097

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 17-01-2022

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2022; The Author(s).


Background: The use of high-flow nasal cannula (HFNC) in coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) patients is debated due to its uncertain benefits and risks of aerosol dispersion. This retrospective study was aimed to assess the outcome of treatment with HFNC therapy in adult COVID-19 patients with acute hypoxemic respiratory failure (AHRF) admitted in intensive care units (ICU) and to assess the factors affecting outcome. Material and methods: We retrieved electronic medical records of all COVID-19 patients who received HFNC for respiratory support after failure to maintain adequate oxygenation with conventional oxygen devices, between June 1 and August 31, 2020. The data retrieved were statistically analyzed. Results: A total number of 558 COVID-19 patients were admitted to ICUs, out of which 139 patients were identified to be on HFNC and 85 met the inclusion criteria for the study. The success rate of 48.2% with HFNC was observed in these patients. The patients recorded to experience HFNC success were of young age and having higher baseline oxygen saturation compared to those who had its failure. The ROX indices post-initiation were observed to be significantly higher in the success group (p ≤0.001). Awake-prone positioning while receiving HFNC was followed by around more patients in the success group (p <0.001). On multivariate logistic regression analysis, baseline oxygen saturation, awake-prone positioning, and number of days on HFNC were found to be independently affected outcome with HFNC. Conclusion: Almost half of the cases of moderate-to-severe COVID-19 pneumonia can be managed successfully with HFNC, without the need of mechanical ventilation.

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