Flow-controlled ventilation decreases mechanical power in postoperative ICU patients

  • Published on 04/01/2024
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Van Oosten Julien P. 1, Francovich Juliette E. 1,2, Somhorst Peter 1, van der Zee Philip 1, Endeman Henrik 1, Gommers Diederik A. M. P. J. 1, Jonkman Annemijn H. 1

1 Intensive Care Volwassenen Erasmus Medical Center Dr. Molewaterplein 40 3015 Rotterdam GD The Netherlands
2 https://ror.org/02e2c7k09 Technical Medicine Program Delft University of Technology Delft The Netherlands


Background Mechanical power (MP) is the energy delivered by the ventilator to the respiratory system and combines factors related to the development of ventilator-induced lung injury (VILI). Flow-controlled ventilation (FCV) is a new ventilation mode using a constant low flow during both inspiration and expiration, which is hypothesized to lower the MP and to improve ventilation homogeneity. Data demonstrating these effects are scarce, since previous studies comparing...


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