Last updated on April 2019

Prediction of Outcome of Weaning From Mechanical Ventilation Using the Electrical Activity of the Diaphragm

Brief description of study

Several types of spontaneous breathing trials (SBTs) have been proposed to evaluate when a patient is ready to be weaned from the ventilator based on breathing pattern measurements. The T-piece technique allows clinicians to calculate breathing patterns accurately but many prefer to use minimal levels of assistance, which unfortunately modifies breathing pattern. The interest of Neurally Adjusted Ventilatory Assist (NAVA) is that tidal volume (Vt) supposedly represents what the patient really wants: without disconnecting the patient from the ventilator, it may be possible to determine what is the real need and whether the patient is able to maintain Vt without support. The aims of the study are as follows: to test whether the changes in Vt after the removal of a standardized level of NAVA assistance (Vt) can predict weaning outcome; to compare the proposed titration of effort in NAVA (occlusion) with Patient-Ventilator Breath Contribution (PVBC) and titration using the Pmusc/Eadi index (PEI) relating the pressure generated by the respiratory muscles (muscular pressure; Pmusc) to the electrical activity of the diaphragm (EAdi); to assess the effect of PEEP on the change in Vt; and to evaluate EAdi after extubation. Patients ventilated for at least 24 hours who are ready to undergo an SBT will be included. Patients younger than 18 years of age and/or who have a contraindication to NAVA catheter insertion and/or surgical patients expected to be extubated within 12 hours will be excluded. After a baseline inclusion period with the pre-enrollment mode of ventilation, the standardized NAVA level will be applied for 20 minutes, during which both Patient-Ventilator Breath Contribution (PVBC) and PEI will be calculated. After the NAVA trial, a period of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) 5 (2-3 minutes) followed by a period of CPAP 0 (2-3 minutes) (both with NAVA gain 0) will be performed in order to record the difference with Vt during standardized NAVA (Vt). At the end of this period, the patient will be switched back to the baseline settings for 30 minutes-3 hours. After this period, the patient will perform an SBT with CPAP 0 or CPAP 5 for 1 hour. At the end of the SBT, the attending physician will decide whether or not to extubate the patient according to standard criteria and blinded to the Vt results. Ultimately, patients will be classified as "success" or "failure" and the Vt will be compared between these two groups.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT02539732

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