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Neurally Adjusted Ventilatory Assist

NAVA, Neurally adjusted ventilator assist. Achieve faster personalized weaning with lung and diaphragm protective ventilation

Neurally Adjusted Ventilatory Assist

It’s not mindreading, but close.[1],[2]

Imagine being able to see and deliver what your patients want, while their own natural respiratory drive controls the ventilator. We call it Neurally Adjusted Ventilatory Assist (NAVA). It is based on close monitoring of the output of the patient’s respiratory center, by capturing the electrical signal that activates the diaphragm (Edi), using a dedicated gastric feeding tube (Edi catheter). NAVA shortens the time of mechanical ventilation[3] and increases the number of ventilator-free days[3] [4] [5] by providing personalized ventilation that is both lung- and diaphragm-protective.


Achieve faster personalized weaning with lung- and diaphragm-protective ventilation

Monitor Edi – the vital sign of respiration, from day zero

1. Monitor Edi – the vital sign of respiration, from day zero

Protect and activate the diaphragm to wean earlier

2. Protect and activate the diaphragm to wean earlier

Protect the lungs in synchrony with the patient

3. Protect the lungs in synchrony with the patient

Improve the patient’s overall ICU experience

4. Improve the patient’s overall ICU experience

Monitor Edi – the vital sign of respiration

In addition to monitoring the impact of mechanical ventilation on lung function, it is also imperative to monitor patient respiratory drive and effort from day zero. Edi monitoring facilitates earlier and more informed decision-making. With this vital sign in your lower screen, you can detect diaphragm inactivity, over-sedation, patient-ventilator asynchrony as well as over- and under-assist. You can also monitor increased work-of-breathing during weaning trials and post-extubation[5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15].

Learn more about Edi monitoring

Diaphragm-protective ventilation

Suboptimal mechanical ventilation can rapidly cause acute diaphragm atrophy or load-induced injury associated with poor clinical outcomes [16] [17]. The key physiological benefits of NAVA are that pressure is always delivered in proportion to and in synchrony with the patient’s own respiratory drive, and that Edi is readily available as a bedside diagnostic tool [1] [2]. NAVA shortens the duration of weaning and increases the proportion of patients with successful weaning[3][4].

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Lung-protective ventilation

A key difference between NAVA and conventional support modes is that tidal volume (VT) is controlled via neuro-electrical output from the patient’s respiratory center. Lung over-distension is thus prevented thanks to the Hering-Breuer reflex, which down-regulates the respiratory drive at higher tidal volumes to avoid hyperinflation. As a result, it is possible to achieve lung-protective spontaneous breathing within the protective range of 6-8 ml/kg [1] [2] [18] PBW.

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Improved patient experience

NAVA has been shown to improve the patient’s overall ICU experience, helping clinicians to potentially reduce sedation with improved comfort and sleep quality [19] [20] [21] [22] [23]. Together, Edi and NAVA assure that the breathing efforts from all patient categories are effectively assessed and responded to. For patients with acute exacerbation of COPD, our non-invasive, leakage-independent NIV NAVA mode can be helpful effective in managing their status and avoiding intubation [14] [24] [25] [26] [27] [28].

Key benefits

How will your hospital benefit from NAVA with Edi monitoring?

Key benefits in brief:

Personalized support

Personalized support throughout the treatment

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Invasive NAVA

Synchronized assist, weaning and sedation management, supporting early diaphragm activation.

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Non-invasive NAVA

Synchronized assist, independent of leakages allowing a gentler mask application.

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Edi monitoring

Monitor diaphragm activity  and breathing effort after extubation. Can be used with High Flow therapy if needed.


Personalized ventilation

See and deliver what your patient wants

In most intensive care units, 20% of the patients consume 80% of ventilation resources, which may lead to increased complications and unwanted outcomes. [31] For these patients, conventional ventilation simply isn’t enough. By using the NAVA mode on Servo ventilators, which works regardless of patient category or size, the ventilator shows you what the patient wants. Together with other personalized ventilation tools, this can help you reduced complications [9] [10] [29] [30], monitor and reduce sedation [5] [19] [20] [21], achieve earlier and more successful weaning [3] [4] [8] [13] [14] and shorten the time of mechanical ventilation [3] [20] [21].

Learn how NAVA neurally adjusted ventilator assist delivers a more personalized level of ventilation to your patient

How NAVA delivers a more personalized level of ventilation in three easy steps.

  1. The brain directs our breathing. The exact size and timing of every breath we take is controlled by the brain’s respiratory center. When the brain has processed multiple sensory input, it sends a signal via the phrenic nerve that electrically activates the diaphragm, leading to muscle contraction. The diaphragm then contracts into the abdominal cavity, which leads to a descending movement, creating chestwall and lung expansion and an inflow of air. The signal that excites the diaphragm is proportional to the integrated output of the respiratory center in the brain and controls the depth and timing of each breath.

  2. Micro-electrodes detect the vital sign of respiration (Edi). The electrical discharge of the diaphragm is captured by a special nasogastric feeding tube fitted with an array of micro-electrodes (the Edi catheter). Like an ordinary enteral feeding tube, the Edi catheter passes through the esophagus, where it measures the electrical activity of the diaphragm. The electrodes in the Edi catheter also monitor electrocardiographic (ECG) signals, which are used to guide and validate correct positioning in relation to the diaphragm.

  3. Your Servo ventilator user interface presents it all. The lower part of the screen shows the Edi signal at all times, even if the patient ventilation mode is not switched to NAVA. When you switch on the NAVA mode, the Edi signal automatically guides the ventilator to deliver support in time with and proportion to the diaphragm. The ventilator acts as a second inspiratory muscle – in perfect synchrony with the patients.

The diaphragm is the "heart" of the respiratory system and is designed to be continuously active. [26] The Edi is a bedside diagnostic tool that allows you to monitor and safeguard the patients diaphragm activity. [27] [28] The Edi guides weaning [29] and helps you prevent muscular exhaustion during weaning trials, even after extubation. [30]

Getting started with NAVA on the Servo-u ventilator

Educational training video on how to get started using NAVA on the Servo-u ventilator.


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The basic concept of NAVA and Edi
NAVA module 1 (10 min)

  • Breathing regulation
  • Conventional ventilatory treatment
  • Edi and NAVA treatment

English (voice over) | Dutch

The basic concept of NAVA and Edi
NAVA module 2 (10 min)

  • Breathing regulation
  • Conventional ventilatory treatment
  • Edi and NAVA treatment

English (voice over) | Dutch | French | German | Italian | Spanish | Swedish

Servo-u NAVA (10 min)

  • Servo-u NAVA screen layout
  • NAVA workflow

English (voice over) | Dutch | French | German | Italian | Spanish | Swedish

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