The NHLBI ARDS Network enrolled 5, patients across ten randomized controlled trials and one observational study. ARDSNet I. ARDSNet II. KARMA. ARMA. PART I: VENTILATOR SETUP AND ADJUSTMENT. 1. Calculate predicted body weight (PBW). Males = 50 + [height (inches) – 60]. Females = + ARDSnet: Ventilation with Lower Tidal Volumes as Compared with Traditional Tidal Randomised, controlled trial; 2×2 study combined with.

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Mechanical ventilation: lessons from the ARDSNet trial

Shown to improve oxygenation but has not been proven to affect mortality. However, the major concern was that we might never obtain a positive trial even if a therapy was effective, because of the tremendous heterogeneity in the patient population, multiple co-morbidities, widely differing underlying diseases, difficulty in controlling co-interventions, and so on. In applying the results of this study at the bedside, it is important to re-emphasize the fact that V t was calculated on the basis of predicted body weight; this must also be borne in mind when comparing the V t values used in the various ventilation trials, which used different definitions for calculating V t.

The study is very important from a clinical perspective, but also raises a large number of questions on the mechanisms underlying the decreased mortality, on the optimal way to ventilate patients with ARDS, and more broadly on the conduct of clinical trials in the critical care setting.

Brower RG, et al. There are cogent arguments on both sides. Evaluation of a ventilation strategy to prevent barotrauma in patients at high risk for ardsbet respiratory distress syndrome. Respective effects of high airway pressure, high tidal volume, and positive end-expiratory pressure.

Furthermore, one could argue that the tria, V t group might have been subject to more atelectrauma because the smaller V t would probably lead to reduced recruitment with each tidal cycle. The control arm was allowed to do “usual care” but strongly encouraged to run a low pressure, low volume vent strategy.


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There are a number of possible reasons for the large number of negative trials, including of course the possibility that the tested therapy was indeed not effective. It found no difference in mortality. There are reasons to believe that hypercapnia might actually be beneficial in the context of VILI [ agdsnet18 ]; for example, acidosis attenuates a number of inflammatory processes, inhibits xanthine oxidase a key component in reperfusion injuryand attenuates tdial production of free radicals [ 18 ].

Over the past decade we have learned about hrial subtle detrimental sequelae of mechanical ventilation, based largely on basic studies on mechanisms of injury [ 4 ]. Am Rev Respir Dis. Tidal volume reduction for prevention of ventilator-induced lung injury in acute respiratory distress syndrome.

As with any therapy, there are side effects of mechanical ventilation; for decades our understanding of these complications was largely limited to the gross air leaks induced by the large transpulmonary pressures – so-called barotrauma. A number of studies are currently re-evaluating this approach in the triial of VILI. A prospective, randomized trial of Aerosolized Albuterol vs. Virtually all patients with ARDS require mechanical ventilation to provide adequate oxygenation; this therapy is supportive, providing time for the lungs to heal.

Primary outcome was 60 day mortality which showed no difference. We would argue that physiological endpoints might be useful but should be used advisedly.

This pessimism was based on the large number of negative phase III type randomized, large nmulticentered clinical trials in the treatment of these diseases. Summary These are exciting times for basic scientists, clinical researchers and physicians caring for patients with ARDS.


In this regard, it has been argued that physiological also called intermediate endpoints might be useless, and even grossly misleading. As discussed above, it had previously been suggested that injurious forms of mechanical ventilation could lead to an increase in various mediators in the lung biotrauma and, owing to the increased alveolar-capillary permeability, that these mediators might enter the circulation and cause organ dysfunction.


Culmination of an era in research on the acute respiratory distress syndrome [editorial; comment]. Admittedly this approach is purely conjectural at the moment, but if it turns out to be correct, how might we decide which patients would benefit from these therapies? LARMA Protocol Randomized, placebo-controlled trial of lisofylline for early treatment of acute lung injury and acute respiratory distress syndrome.

High inflation pressure pulmonary edema. Although this suggestion is somewhat unappealing, it might have some merit; for example, in a patient with a very stiff chest wall, limiting the P plat to 30 cmH 2 O might limit V t more than is necessary to minimize overdistension, and in fact might lead to under-recruitment of the lung, poor oxygenation and further de-recruitment.

For example, the difference between the P plat on day 1 in this study was 8 cmH 2 O, compared with 4. These studies have demonstrated that mechanical ventilation can induce injury manifested as trixl alveolar-capillary permeability due to overdistension of the lung volutrauma [ 5 ], can worsen lung injury by the stresses produced as lung units collapse and re-open atelectrauma [ 67 ], and can lead to even more subtle injury manifested by the release of various mediators biotrauma [ 89 ].

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