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Weaning from mechanical ventilation

Iosif Gulkarov, James Schiffenhaus, Ivan Wong, Ashwad Afzal, Felix Khusid, Berhane Worku
Venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VA-ECMO) is an invaluable rescue therapy for patients suffering from cardiopulmonary arrest, but it is not without its drawbacks. There are cases where patients recover their cardiac function, yet they fail to wean to mechanical conventional ventilation (MCV). The use of high-frequency percussive ventilation (HFPV) has been described in patients with acute respiratory failure (RF) who fail MCV. We describe our experience with five patients who underwent VA-ECMO for cardiopulmonary arrest who were successfully weaned from VA-ECMO with HFPV after failure to wean with MCV...
March 2018: Journal of Extra-corporeal Technology
Martin Dres, Alexandre Demoule
This article is one of ten reviews selected from the Annual Update in Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine 2018. Other selected articles can be found online at . Further information about the Annual Update in Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine is available from .
March 20, 2018: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
Atul Palkar, Paul Mayo, Karan Singh, Seth Koenig, Mangala Narasimhan, Anup Singh, Rivkah Darabaner, Harly Greenberg, Eric Gottesman
INTRODUCTION: Diaphragm excursion and contraction velocity measured using ultrasonography have been used to assess diaphragm function. We aimed to evaluate the performance of diaphragm ultrasonography during weaning from mechanical ventilation (MV). METHODS: Diaphragm ultrasonography was performed on 73 mechanically ventilated patients who were being considered for extubation on three separate occasions: (1) on assist control mode (A/C) during consistent patient triggered ventilation, (2) following 30 min during a spontaneous breathing trial (SBT), (3) 4-24 h following extubation...
March 19, 2018: Lung
Eashaa Kumar, Michael T McCurdy, Christian A Koch, Abdurrahman Hamadah, Tibor Fülöp, Kamel A Gharaibeh
Unexplained hypotension in the intensive care unit is commonly attributed to volume depletion, cardiorespiratory failure, sepsis, or relative adrenal insufficiency. In these acute conditions, thyroid hormone levels measured in blood, serum or plasma are often altered and solely attributed to critical illness. We report a series of 3 critically ill patients with prolonged respiratory failure, suppressed mental status and unexplained hypotension. Thyroid stimulating hormone levels ranged from normal to mildly elevated (2...
March 2018: American Journal of the Medical Sciences
Nikki Kells, Ngaio Beausoleil, Craig Johnson, Mhairi Sutherland
The aim of this research was to evaluate the welfare of pre-weaned piglets euthanised using three different gas treatments: 100% carbon dioxide (CO₂), 100% argon (Ar) or a mixture of 60% Ar/40% carbon dioxide (Ar/CO₂). Two studies (n = 5 piglets/treatment/study) were conducted: (1) behavioural and physiological data were collected from conscious piglets during exposure to test gases via immersion in a pre-filled chamber and (2) electrophysiological data were collected from lightly anaesthetised, intubated and mechanically ventilated piglets exposed to the same test gases...
March 16, 2018: Animals: An Open Access Journal From MDPI
Verónica Becerra, Daniel Buamscha, Corina Ponce, Carlos Cambaceres, Alejandro Noman, María E Galván, Miriam Lenz
INTRODUCTION: Sedation of patients in pediatric ICU extubated and in weaning of mechanic ventilation is diffcult under regular sedation, because of the tolerance and/or abstinence generated by its sustained use. The objective of this study is to describe the use of Levomepromazine as sedative coadjuvant in these patients. POPULATION AND METHODS: Observational and longitudinal study in intensive care from Juan P. Garrahan Pediatric Hospital. Patients older than 2 years were included, extubated and in weaning of mechanic ventilation with requirements of additional sedation...
November 2017: Vertex: Revista Argentina de Psiquiatriá
Cynthia M Amaro, Jose A Bello, Deepak Jain, Alexandra Ramnath, Carmen D'Ugard, Silvia Vanbuskirk, Eduardo Bancalari, Nelson Claure
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial the effect of early caffeine on the age of first successful extubation in preterm infants. STUDY DESIGN: Preterm infants born at 23-30 weeks of gestation requiring mechanical ventilation in the first 5 postnatal days were randomized to receive a 20 mg/kg loading dose followed by 5 mg/kg/day of caffeine or placebo until considered ready for extubation. The placebo group received a blinded loading dose of caffeine before extubation...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Pediatrics
Xiujuan Xu, Geng Zhang, Mahong Hu, Chunlian Ji, Jianbiao Meng, Zhizhen Lai, Muhua Dai, Lisha Pang, Wei Zhang
OBJECTIVE: To study the influence of clinical nutritional support on the effects of mechanical ventilation (MV), and to find the factors affecting the outcome of patients undergoing MV. METHODS: A case-control study was conducted. The clinical data of 235 patients undergoing MV admitted to intensive care unit (ICU) of Tongde Hospital of Zhejiang Province from January 2015 to June 2017 were retrospectively analyzed. The patients were divided into two groups according to whether weaning successfully within 7 days...
March 2018: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
Friso M Rijnberg, Colin R Butler, Christian Bieli, Sonia Kumar, Reza Nouraei, Joshua Asto, Eimear McKavanagh, Paolo de Coppi, Nagarajan Muthialu, Martin J Elliott, Richard J Hewitt
OBJECTIVES: Our study describes and analyses the results from aortopexy for the treatment of airway malacia in children. METHODS: Demographic data, characteristics and preoperative, operative and outcome details, including the need for reintervention, were collected for children undergoing aortopexy between 2006 and 2016. RESULTS: One hundred patients [median age 8.2 months, interquartile range (IQR) 3.3-26.0 months] underwent aortopexy...
March 5, 2018: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
Karen E A Burns, Stavroula Raptis, Rosane Nisenbaum, Leena Rizvi, Andrew Jones, Jyoti Bakshi, Wylie Tan, Aleksander Meret, Deborah J Cook, Francois Lellouche, Scott K Epstein, David Gattas, Farhad N Kapadia, Jesús Villar, Laurent Brochard, Martin R Lessard, Maureen O Meade
RATIONALE: Randomized trials and meta-analyses have informed several aspects of weaning. Results are rarely replicated in practice as evidence is applied in intensive care units (ICUs) that differ from the settings in which it was generated. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to (i) describe weaning practice variation (identifying weaning candidates, conducting spontaneous breathing trials (SBTs), using ventilator modes, other aspects of care during weaning); (ii) characterize regional differences in weaning practices; and (iii) identify predictors of common practices...
March 6, 2018: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
Nicolino Ambrosino, Michele Vitacca
Background: Progress in management has improved hospital mortality of patients admitted to the intensive care units, but also the prevalence of those patients needing weaning from prolonged mechanical ventilation, and of ventilator assisted individuals. The result is a number of difficult clinical and organizational problems for patients, caregivers and health services, as well as high human and financial resources consumption, despite poor long-term outcomes. An effort should be made to improve the management of these patients...
2018: Multidisciplinary Respiratory Medicine
Bao-Juan Zhang, Hai-Tao Tian, Hai-Ou Li, Jian Meng
The objective of the present study was to explore the effects of different one-lung ventilation (OLV) modes on lung function in elderly patients undergoing esophageal cancer surgery. A total of 180 consecutive elderly patients (ASA Grades I-II, with OLV indications) undergoing elective surgery were recruited in the study. Patients were randomly divided into 4 groups (n = 45). In Group A, patients received low tidal volume (VT < 8 mL/kg) + pressure controlled ventilation (PCV), low tidal volume (VT < 8 mL/kg) + volume-controlled ventilation (VCV) in Group B, high tidal volume (VT ≥ 8 mL/kg) + PCV in Group C and high tidal volume (VT ≥ 8 mL/kg) + VCV in Group D...
January 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Silvia L Nunes, Sune Forsberg, Hans Blomqvist, Lars Berggren, Mikael Sörberg, Toni Sarapohja, Carl-Johan Wickerts
BACKGROUND: Intensive care unit patients undergoing mechanical ventilation have traditionally been sedated to make them comfortable and to avoid pain and anxiety. However, this may lead to prolonged mechanical ventilation and a longer length of stay. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this retrospective study was to explore whether different sedation regimens influence the course and duration of the weaning process. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Intubated adult patients (n = 152) from 15 general intensive care units in Sweden were mechanically ventilated for ≥ 24 h...
March 3, 2018: Clinical Drug Investigation
Amar Nandhakumar, Amritha Nair, V Kiran Bharath, Sriraam Kalingarayar, Balaji P Ramaswamy, D Dhatchinamoorthi
Uncontrolled pain in patients with rib fracture leads to atelectasis and impaired cough which can progress to pneumonia and respiratory failure necessitating mechanical ventilation. Of the various pain modalities, regional anaesthesia (epidural and paravertebral) is better than systemic and oral analgesics. The erector spinae plane block (ESPB) is a new modality in the armamentarium for the management of pain in multiple rib fractures, which is simple to perform and without major complications. We report a case series where ESPB helped in weaning the patients from mechanical ventilation...
February 2018: Indian Journal of Anaesthesia
Marine Flechet, Fabian Güiza, Dirk Vlasselaers, Lars Desmet, Stoffel Lamote, Heidi Delrue, Marc Beckers, Michaël P Casaer, Pieter Wouters, Greet van den Berghe, Geert Meyfroidt
OBJECTIVES: To assess whether near-infrared cerebral tissue oxygen saturation, measured with the FORESIGHT cerebral oximeter (CAS Medical Systems, Branford, CT) predicts PICU length of stay, duration of invasive mechanical ventilation, and mortality in critically ill children after pediatric cardiac surgery. DESIGN: Single-center prospective, observational study. SETTING: Twelve-bed PICU of a tertiary academic hospital. PATIENTS: Critically ill children and infants with congenital heart disease, younger than 12 years old, admitted to the PICU between October 2012 and November 2015...
February 19, 2018: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
John Botha, Cameron Green, Ian Carney, Kavi Haji, Sachin Gupta, Ravindranath Tiruvoipati
OBJECTIVE: Proportional assist ventilation with load-adjustable gain factors (PAV+) is a mode of ventilation that provides assistance in proportion to patient effort. This may have physiological and clinical advantages when compared with pressure support ventilation (PSV). Our objective was to compare these two modes in patients being weaned from mechanical ventilation. DESIGN: Prospective randomised controlled trial comparing PSV with PAV+. SETTING: University-affiliated, tertiary referral intensive care unit (ICU)...
March 2018: Critical Care and Resuscitation: Journal of the Australasian Academy of Critical Care Medicine
Eric Jacobsohn, Hilary P Grocott
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2018: Anesthesiology
Pattarin Pirompanich, Sasithon Romsaiyut
Background: Weaning failure is a crucial hindrance in critically ill patients. Rapid shallow breathing index (RSBI), a well-known weaning index, has some limitations in predicting weaning outcomes. A new weaning index using point-of-care ultrasound with diaphragmic thickening fraction (DTF) has potential benefits for improving weaning success. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of a combination of DTF and RSBI for predicting successful weaning compared to RSBI alone. Methods: This prospective study enrolled patients from the medical intensive care unit or ward who were using mechanical ventilation and readied for weaning...
2018: Journal of Intensive Care
Guopeng Liang, Tingting Liu, Yihua Zeng, Yunfeng Shi, Wei Yang, Yunqin Yang, Yan Kang
BACKGROUND: The objective of this work was to identify the unique characteristics of patients who experienced success in a 30-min spontaneous breathing trial (SBT) but failed at 120 min. METHODS: Patients who had received mechanical ventilation for >24 h were eligible for inclusion in this study. The SBT was performed by 7 cm H2 O of pressure support with zero PEEP. After a successful 120-min SBT, weaning from mechanical ventilation was performed. Data were collected at 30 and 120 min or at the failure of the SBT...
February 6, 2018: Respiratory Care
Michael S Green, Johann J Mathew, Lia J Michos, Parmis Green, Mansoor M Aman
Introduction: An acquired Tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF) is commonly caused by a malignancy or trauma, with pulmonary infection or aspiration being the presenting symptom. However, in the critical care setting the presentation can be subtle and may present with difficult ventilation. High endotracheal tube cuff pressures can lead to tracheal erosions and thus increasing the chances for developing a TEF. Prolonged intubation in the presence of other risk factors like poor general state of health, episodic hypotension, nasogastric tubes, and repeated intubations can increase the likelihood of developing an acquired TEF...
August 2017: Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
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