Relationship between gas exchange response to prone position and lung recruitability during acute respiratory failure

Dipartimento di Anestesiologia, Terapia Intensiva e Scienze Dermatologiche, Fondazione IRCCS Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Mangiagalli e Regina Elena di Milano, Università degli Studi di Milano, Via F. Sforza 35, 20122 Milan, Italy.
Intensive Care Medicine (Impact Factor: 7.21). 03/2009; 35(6):1011-7. DOI: 10.1007/s00134-009-1411-x
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To clarify whether the gas exchange response to prone position is associated with lung recruitability in mechanically ventilated patients with acute respiratory failure.
In 32 patients, gas exchange response to prone position was investigated as a function of lung recruitability, measured by computed tomography in supine position.
No relationship was found between increased oxygenation in prone position and lung recruitability. In contrast, the decrease of PaCO(2) was related with lung recruitability (R(2) 0.19; P = 0.01). Patients who decreased their PaCO(2) more than the median value (-0.9 mmHg) had a greater lung recruitability (19 +/- 16 vs. 8 +/- 6%; P = 0.02), higher baseline PaCO(2) (48 +/- 8 vs. 41 +/- 11 mmHg; P = 0.07), heavier lungs (1,968 +/- 829 vs. 1,521 +/- 342 g; P = 0.06) and more non-aerated tissue (1,009 +/- 704 vs. 536 +/- 188 g; P = 0.02) than those who did not.
During prone position, changes in PaCO(2), but not in oxygenation, are associated with lung recruitability which, in turn, is associated with the severity of lung injury.

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    • "In any case, the considerable variation in PaO2/FiO2 responses to CENPV was apparently independent of the underlying disease, the efficiency of the prior lung recruitment manoeuvre or the severity of lung injury. Interestingly, increased oxygenation in response to placement in the prone position also was not related to lung recruitability in response to positive pressures [27]. Finally, at this stage the reasons for the different individual responses to CENPV remain unclear. "
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    ABSTRACT: Introduction Recent experimental data suggest that continuous external negative-pressure ventilation (CENPV) results in better oxygenation and less lung injury than continuous positive-pressure ventilation (CPPV). The effects of CENPV on patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) remain unknown. Methods We compared 2 h CENPV in a tankrespirator ("iron lung") with 2 h CPPV. The six intubated patients developed ARDS after pulmonary thrombectomy (n = 1), aspiration (n = 3), sepsis (n = 1) or both (n = 1). We used a tidal volume of 6 ml/kg predicted body weight and matched lung volumes at end expiration. Haemodynamics were assessed using the pulse contour cardiac output (PiCCO) system, and pressure measurements were referenced to atmospheric pressure. Results CENPV resulted in better oxygenation compared to CPPV (median ratio of arterial oxygen pressure to fraction of inspired oxygen of 345 mmHg (minimum-maximum 183 to 438 mmHg) vs 256 mmHg (minimum-maximum 123 to 419 mmHg) (P < 0.05). Tank pressures were -32.5 cmH2O (minimum-maximum -30 to -43) at end inspiration and -15 cmH2O (minimum-maximum -15 to -19 cmH2O) at end expiration. NO Inspiratory transpulmonary pressures decreased (P = 0.04) and airway pressures were considerably lower at inspiration (-1.5 cmH2O (minimum-maximum -3 to 0 cmH2O) vs 34.5 cmH2O (minimum-maximum 30 to 47 cmH2O), P = 0.03) and expiration (4.5 cmH2O (minimum-maximum 2 to 5) vs 16 cmH2O (minimum-maximum 16 to 23), P =0.03). During CENPV, intraabdominal pressures decreased from 20.5 mmHg (12 to 30 mmHg) to 1 mmHg (minimum-maximum -7 to 5 mmHg) (P = 0.03). Arterial pressures decreased by approximately 10 mmHg and central venous pressures by 18 mmHg. Intrathoracic blood volume indices and cardiac indices increased at the initiation of CENPV by 15% and 20% (P < 0.05), respectively. Heart rate and extravascular lung water indices remained unchanged. Conclusions CENPV with a tank respirator improved gas exchange in patients with ARDS at lower transpulmonary, airway and intraabdominal pressures and, at least initially improving haemodynamics. Our observations encourage the consideration of further studies on the physiological effects and the clinical effectiveness of CENPV in patients with ARDS.
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    • "PaCO2 responders had a significant decrease in Pplat and VDalv, as well as a significant increase in oxygenation and compliance, compared with nonresponders. Our results are in accordance with a recent study of 32 ARDS patients [23], in which the investigators reported that PaCO2 variation induced by PP, and not PaO2/FiO2 variation, is associated with lung recruitability. Interestingly, in our study, changes in VDalv were not correlated with changes in oxygenation but were strongly correlated with changes in compliance of the respiratory system. "
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    • "Unfortunately MV can further damage the lungs and worsen respiratory failure through a variety of mechanisms [1,2]. Prone ventilation (PV) by means of prone positioning (PP) has been proposed as a strategy that may rescue the sickest patient from refractory hypoxemia [1,3-6], although identifying a survival benefit has proven difficult [4,7-12]. PV may also ameliorate the underlying physical strain and generation of inflammatory mediators that compound ventilator-induced lung injury [13-16]. "
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