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The importance of diaphragm activity in ventilation strategy

Below are two videos discussing importance of diaphragm activitie during a ventilation strategy. 

First presentation, Dr Ewan Goligher discuss how the presence of diaphragm weakness can significantly impact clinical outcomes during mechanical ventilation, by  increasing the risk of difficult weaning, prolonged weaning and hospital mortality,


In the second video, Dr. Salvatore Grasso discusses how monitoring diaphragmatic activity can help you adapt ventilation to the patient’s needs. 

Diaphragm dysfunction: monitoring and mitigating during mechanical ventilation

Dr Ewan Goligher 

 How to improve mechanical ventilation in the assisted mode ?

Dr. Salvatore Grasso

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All references

  1. Dres M, Dubé BP, Mayaux J, Delemazure J, Reuter D, Brochard L, Similowski T, Demoule A. Coexistence and Impact of Limb Muscle and Diaphragm Weakness at Time of Liberation from Mechanical Ventilation in Medical Intensive Care Unit Patients. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2017 Jan 1;195(1):57-66.