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Volumetric diffusive respirator use in neonatal respiratory failure.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
1034-4810
Publisher
Wiley Blackwell (Blackwell Publishing)
Publication Date
Volume
27
Issue
1
Pages
31–33
Identifiers
PMID: 2043386
Source
Medline

Abstract

Six very low birthweight neonates with terminal respiratory failure due to severe hyaline membrane disease who failed to respond to conventional ventilation were offered a trial of high frequency jet ventilation using the volumetric diffusive respirator (VDR). All neonates showed improvement in pulmonary function. Two neonates were weaned successfully from high frequency ventilation. The results of this initial trial suggest that the volumetric diffusive respirator is a safe and effective method of ventilation in neonates with respiratory failure and that the survival rate in such neonates might be enhanced if treatment is introduced earlier in the disease.

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