High-frequency oscillatory ventilation for adult patients with ARDS.

  title={High-frequency oscillatory ventilation for adult patients with ARDS.},
  author={Kenneth Ping Wah Chan and Thomas E. Stewart and Sangeeta Mehta},
  volume={131 6},
High-frequency oscillatory ventilation (HFOV) is characterized by the rapid delivery of small tidal volumes (Vts) of gas and the application of high mean airway pressures (mPaws). These characteristics make HFOV conceptually attractive as an ideal lung-protective ventilatory mode for the management of ARDS, as the high mPaws prevent cyclical derecruitment of the lung and the small Vts limit alveolar overdistension. In this review, we will summarize the literature describing the use of HFOV in… CONTINUE READING