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VOLUME 18 , ISSUE 8 ( August, 2014 ) > List of Articles

RESEARCH ARTICLE

Compliance versus dead space for optimum positive end expiratory pressure determination in acute respiratory distress syndrome

Nagat S. El-Shmaa, Ghada Fouad El-Baradey

Keywords : Acute respiratory distress syndrome, dead space fraction, positive end expiratory pressure, static compliance

Citation Information : El-Shmaa NS, El-Baradey GF. Compliance versus dead space for optimum positive end expiratory pressure determination in acute respiratory distress syndrome. Indian J Crit Care Med 2014; 18 (8):508-512.

DOI: 10.4103/0972-5229.138150

License: CC BY-ND 3.0

Published Online: 01-08-2014

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2014; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

Objective: To Compare compliance versus dead space (Vd) targeted positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP) as regard its effect on lung mechanics and oxygenation. Materials and Methods: This study was carried out on 30 adult acute respiratory distress syndrome patients. The ventilator was initially set on volume controlled with tidal volume (Vt) 7 mL/kg predicted body weight (PBW), inspiratory plateau pressure (Ppl) <30 cm H 2 O. If the Ppl was >30 cm H 2 O with a TV of 6 mL/kg PBW, a step-wise Vt reduction of 1 mL/kg PBW to as low as 4 mL/kg/PBW was allowed. Respiratory rate adjusted to maintain pH 7.30-7.45. FiO 2 start at 100%. Best PEEP determined at 2 points, one by titrating PEEP until reaching the highest static compliance (Cst) (PEEP Cst) and the other one is at the lowest Vd/Vt (PEEP Vd/Vt). The following data measured before and 30 min after setting PEEP Cst and PEEP Vd/Vt. Cst, PaCO 2 - PetCO 2, Vd/Vt, PaO 2 /FiO 2, Ppl, heart rate, mean arterial pressure and oxygen saturation. Results: optimum PEEP determined by Vd/Vt was significantly (P < 0.05) lower than the optimum PEEP determined by Cst. Best PEEP Vd/Vt showed a significant decrease (P < 0.05) in Cst, PaCO 2 - PetCO 2, Vd/Vt and Ppl in comparison with best PEEP Cst. The PaO 2 /FiO 2 showed a significant increase (P < 0.05) with best PEEP Vd/Vt in comparison with best PEEP Cst. Conclusion: Vd guided PEEP improved compliance and oxygenation with less Ppl. Hence, its use as a guide for best PEEP determination may be useful.


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