Disease-Specific Guidelines for the Application of High Frequency Oscillatory Ventilation in Infants webcast


The World Health Organization and March of Dimes estimate that 15 million infants are born premature each year.1 Many of these infants will develop respiratory distress syndrome and other complications that require increased respiratory support.

Multiple studies suggest advantages of high frequency oscillatory ventilation (HFOV) as compared to conventional ventilation for supporting immature or injured lungs.2 Additionally, HFOV may decrease the need for mechanical ventilation and patient length of stay without chronic lung disease.2–4 This webcast discusses several HFOV respiratory management strategies for critically ill infants.


This program is approved for 1 hour of CRCE credit.

This webcast is approved by the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC).

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Learning objectives

Discuss the effect of frequency, tidal volume and mean airway pressure on the lungs


Discuss why lower frequencies are used with meconium aspiration patients


Discuss why mean airway pressures need to be reduced after the lungs are recruited with adequate mean airway pressure


Discuss the appropriate frequency for extremely low-birth-weight infants



Thursday, February 13, 2014, 2014