Pressurized Aerosol versus Jet Aerosol Delivery to Mechanically Ventilated Patients Comparison of Dose to the Lungs

Department of Medicine, St. Joseph's Hospital, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
The American review of respiratory disease (Impact Factor: 10.19). 03/1990; 141(2):440-4. DOI: 10.1164/ajrccm/141.2.440
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The purpose of this study was to compare deposition of aerosol to the lung from a metered-dose inhaler (MDI) and aerosol holding chamber and from a jet nebulizer in ventilator-dependent patients. Twenty-one patients were entered into the study, all receiving assisted ventilation and inhaled bronchodilators because of airflow limitation. The average age was 68 yr; there were 10 men and 11 women. The patients were randomized to receive either 4 puffs (800 micrograms) of radiolabeled fenoterol by MDI of 1.75 ml (1,750 micrograms) of radiolabeled fenoterol solution by nebulizer. Imaging of lung fields was made by a portable scintillation camera at 5-min intervals during the study. Results showed that 20 patients completed the study, 9 receiving fenoterol by MDI, and 11 by jet nebulizer. Four were excluded from analysis because of previous pneumonectomy, two from each group. Lung deposition measured as a percent of given dose from either system was 5.65 +/- 1.09 (mean +/- SEM) for MDI plus extension chamber and 1.22 +/- 0.35 for jet nebulizer (p less than 0.001). Therefore, this trial shows significantly greater efficiency of aerosol deposition to the lung in ventilator-dependent patients when using an MDI plus aerosol holding chamber than when using a jet nebulizer.

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