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Diaphragmatic electrical activity (EAdi), reflecting respiratory drive, and its feedback control might be impaired in critical illness-associated polyneuromyopathy (CIPM). We aimed to evaluate whether titration and prolonged application of neurally adjusted ventilatory assist (NAVA), which delivers pressure (P aw) in proportion to EAdi, is feasible in CIPM(More)
BACKGROUND Neurally adjusted ventilatory assist (NAVA) delivers airway pressure (Paw) in proportion to neural inspiratory drive as reflected by electrical activity of the diaphragm (EAdi). Changing positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP) impacts respiratory muscle load and function and, hence, EAdi. We aimed to evaluate how PEEP affects the breathing(More)
Neurally adjusted ventilatory assist (NAVA) delivers airway pressure (P(aw)) in proportion to the electrical activity of the diaphragm (EAdi) using an adjustable proportionality constant (NAVA level, cm·H(2)O/μV). During systematic increases in the NAVA level, feedback-controlled down-regulation of the EAdi results in a characteristic two-phased response in(More)
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