What Is the Role of High Frequency Oscillatory Ventilation in Adult Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Management? webcast


Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a complication of critical illness. With an estimated incidence of 78 to 280 cases per 1 million people a year, ARDS is associated with a very high mortality rate of 40% or greater.1–4 Although mechanical ventilation is typically a requirement, it can perpetuate lung injury. Additional modalities are needed to help protect the lung in cases of severe ARDS. One such modality is high frequency oscillatory ventilation (HFOV), which uses very small tidal volumes of 1 to 3 mL/kg at frequencies as high as 900 breaths per minute. Some studies have suggested that the use of HFOV in adults may lead to increased oxygenation and survival.5,6

Course summary

This webcast discusses best practices for adult HFOV application, provides a review of current literature regarding HFOV, describes current lung-protective ventilation strategies and explains methods for recognizing failures in conventional lung-protective strategies.

Questions and answers

Read lecturer Dr. Neil MacIntyre's answers to frequently asked post-presentation questions about this webcast.

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Learning objectives

Describe the causes of ventilator-induced lung injury


Discuss the literature surrounding HFOV in adults


Recognize when the patient may benefit from switching to HFOV



Wednesday, May 07, 2014, 2014