High Frequency Oscillatory Ventilation (HFOV) in Pediatric ARDS: Lung Recruitment and Protection webcast


Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) continues to be a common diagnosis in the intensive care unit. High frequency oscillatory ventilation (HFOV) has emerged over the past 20 years as a safe and effective means of mechanical ventilator support in patients with acute respiratory failure.1,2 During HFOV, lung recruitment is maintained by the application of a relatively high mean airway pressure with superimposed pressure oscillations at a frequency of 3 to 15 Hz, creating adequate ventilation using tidal volumes less than or equal to the patient's dead space volume.1,2 HFOV has shown to be an effective tool in managing pediatric ARDS patients.3,4

Course summary

This webcast discusses managing critically ill pediatric patients using HFOV.


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

Establish a new definition of pediatric ARDS


Review basic principles of gas exchange and lung protection during HFOV


Explore the application of HFOV in the era of protective conventional ventilation


Understand HFOV as a lung recruitment strategy



Tuesday, April 07, 2015, 2015