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Dynamic Changes in Respiratory Frequency/Tidal Volume May Predict Failures of Ventilatory Liberation in Patients on Prolonged Mechanical Ventilation and Normal Preliberation Respiratory Frequency/Tidal Volume Values
The American Surgeon
  • Raeanna C. Adams
  • Oliver L. Gunter
  • Jonathan R. Wisler
  • Melissa L. Whitmill, Wright State University
  • James Cipolla
  • David E. Lindsey
  • Christy Stehly
  • Steven M. Steinberg
  • Charles H. Cook
  • Stanislaw P. Stawicki
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-2012
Abstract
Rapid shallow breathing index (RSBI, respiratory frequency [f] divided by tidal volume [Vt]) has been used to prognosticate liberation from mechanical ventilation (LMV). We hypothesize that dynamic changes in RSBI predict failed LMV better than isolated RSBI measurements. We conducted a retrospective study of patients who were mechanically ventilated (MV) for longer than 72 hours. Failed LMV was defined as need for reinstitution of MV within 48 hours post-LMV. Ventilatory frequency (f) and Vt (liters) were serially recorded. The instantaneous RSBI (i-RSBI) was defined as f/Vt. Dynamic f/Vt ratio (d-RSBI) was defined as the ratio between two consecutive i-RSBI (f/Vt) measurements ([f2/Vt2]/[f1/Vt1]). RSBI Product (RSB-P) was defined as (i-RSBI × d-RSBI). Data from 32 patients were analyzed (Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation II 13.4, male 69%, mean age 57 years). Mean length of stay was 19.5 days (11.5 ventilator; 14.1 intensive care unit days). For LMV failures, mean time to reinstitution of invasive MV was 20.8 hours. All patients had pre-LMV i-RSBI less than 100. Failed LMVs had higher i-RSBI values (68.9, n = 18) than successful LMVs (44.2, n = 23, P < 0.01). Failures had higher d-RSBI (1.48) than successful LMVs (1.05, P < 0.04). The RSB-P was higher for failed LMVs (118) than for successful LMVs (48.8, P < 0.01) with failures having larger proportion of pre-LMV d-RSBI values greater than 1.5 (39.0 vs 10.7%, P < 0.03). Pre-LMV RSB-P may offer early prediction of failed LMV in patients on MV for longer than 72 hours despite normal pre-LMV i-RSBI. Divergence between RSB-P for successful and failed LMVs occurred earlier than i-RSBI divergence with a greater proportion of pre-LMV d-RSBI greater than 1.5 among failures.
Citation Information
Raeanna C. Adams, Oliver L. Gunter, Jonathan R. Wisler, Melissa L. Whitmill, et al.. "Dynamic Changes in Respiratory Frequency/Tidal Volume May Predict Failures of Ventilatory Liberation in Patients on Prolonged Mechanical Ventilation and Normal Preliberation Respiratory Frequency/Tidal Volume Values" The American Surgeon Vol. 78 Iss. 1 (2012) p. 69 - 73 ISSN: 0003-1348
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/melissa_whitmill/21/