Application of neurally adjusted ventilatory assist in ventilator weaning of infants ventilator weaning

Brain Behav. 2021 Sep 14;e2350. doi: 10.1002/brb3.2350. Online ahead of print.


Background: To analyze the application of neurally adjusted ventilatory assist in ventilator weaning of infants.

Methods: A total of 25 infants (15 boys and 10 girls) who were mechanically ventilated by PICU in Hubei Maternal and Child Health Hospital were selected as the study subjects. After the improvement of the basic disease, regular spontaneous breathing, and the withdrawal of the ventilator, all the children obtained the electrical activity of the diaphragm (EAdi) signal. Then, each child was given CPAP and NAVA mode mechanical ventilation 1 h before the withdrawal of the ventilator. Each detection index was recorded 30 min after each mode of ventilation.

Results: Two of the 25 children were tracheotomized because of respiratory muscle weakness and could not be converted to NAVA mode without the EAdi signal. Hemodynamic indexes were not statistically different between the two groups of CPAP and NAVA. PaCO2 is not significantly different in the two modes, and both were at normal levels. The PIP in NAVA mode is lower than that in CPAP mode (p < .05), and its EAdi signal was correspondingly low. There were significant differences in the peak pressure (Ppeak), mean pressure (Pmean), and compliance and mean arterial pressure (p < .01) between the CPAP and NAVA model ventilation in 23 patients.

Conclusion: NAVA can significantly improve the coordination of patients. The therapeutic effect of NAVA was better, which was beneficial to the prognosis of patients and had positive application value in the withdrawal of ventilators in patients.

Keywords: continuous positive airway pressure; infants; neurally adjusted ventilatory assist; value and application; ventilator weaning.