alexa High-frequency oscillatory ventilation in pediatrics and neonatology.


Journal of Pulmonary & Respiratory Medicine

Author(s): Fioretto JR, Rebello CM

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Abstract This article intends to review literature on high frequency oscillatory ventilation and describe its main clinical applications for children and neonates. Articles from the last 15 years were selected using MedLine and SciElo databases. The following key words were used: high frequency oscillatory ventilation, mechanical ventilation, acute respiratory distress syndrome, children, and new-born. The review describes high frequency oscillatory ventilation in children with acute respiratory distress syndrome, air leak syndrome, and obstructive lung disease. Respiratory distress syndrome, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, intracranial hemorrhage, periventricular leukomalacia, and air leak syndrome were reviewed in neonates. Transition from conventional mechanical ventilation to high frequency ventilation and its adjustments relating to oxygenation, CO2 elimination, chest radiography, suctioning, sedatives and use of neuromuscular blocking agents were described. Weaning and complications were also reported. For children, high frequency oscillatory ventilation is a therapeutic option, particularly in acute respiratory distress syndrome, and should be used as early as possible. It may be also useful in the air leak syndrome and obstructive pulmonary disease. Evidence that, in neonates, high frequency oscillatory ventilation is superior to conventional mechanical ventilation is lacking. However there is evidence that better results are only achieved with this ventilatory mode to manage the air leak syndrome.
This article was published in Rev Bras Ter Intensiva and referenced in Journal of Pulmonary & Respiratory Medicine

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