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Clinical assessments of high frequency oscillatory ventilation
  1. Thomas Stern, MD, MS
  1. Assistant Professor of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, NC 28203, USA; tstern2001@yahoo.com

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The first study compares the effect of three modes of ventilation on cardiovascular and respiratory physiologic variables in 14 patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). The modes of ventilation were:

  • conventional mechanical ventilation (CMV) using the ARDS Network Protocol

  • high frequency oscillation (HFO)

  • HFO combined with tracheal gas insufflation (TGI)

The initial mode was CMV. Patients were placed on both HFO and HFO–TGI for 2 hour intervals and measurements were …

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