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Estimation of Intrinsic Positive End-Expiratory Pressure (PEEP) in Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS)

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, El Paso Identifier:
First received: March 12, 2007
Last updated: November 10, 2015
Last verified: November 2015

ARDS (Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome) is a condition of severe inflammation and excess fluids in the lungs that impairs their function of oxygen uptake to the point of needing a ventilator (breathing machine) to help them obtain enough oxygen into the body. Because of the high amounts of gas that the ventilator has to give to these patients, high pressures may develop deep into the lungs and produce complications for the patient. However, physicians sometimes cannot recognize it because it requires special equipment to measure pressure deep in the lungs. The goal of this study is to determine if the amount of this pressure can be calculated using mathematical formulas and the routine numbers provided by ventilators. The study consists on making the conventional measurement of this deep pressure and at the same time calculate this same pressure from other measurements that the ventilator routinely provides, to see if the calculated value can replace the more complicated conventional measurement. The measurements will be done by:

  1. placing a small device along the tubing connecting the patient to the ventilator;
  2. giving medicines to relax the muscles (if the patient is not already receiving them); and
  3. making the ventilator hold the patient's breath for a few seconds to take measurements.

This is repeated after the breathing rate of the ventilator is increased or decreased mildly. Risks related to the medicine to be used and the measuring maneuvers are rare but include transient narrowing of windpipes, transiently low heart rate, blood pressure or blood oxygen, and allergic reactions. This is not a treatment. The information obtained during the study will be shared with the treating doctors who may find it useful to make adjustments to the ventilator. The patient may receive no direct benefit from being in this study; however, the findings may contribute to better care for this kind of patients in the future.

Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Estimation of Intrinsic Positive End-Expiratory Pressure (PEEP) in Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS)

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Further study details as provided by Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, El Paso:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Agreement between Measured and Estimated Intrinsic PEEP [ Time Frame: The day and time of measurement ]

Enrollment: 6
Study Start Date: January 2004
Study Completion Date: April 2007
Primary Completion Date: April 2007 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:
Intrinsic PEEP (Positive-End Expiratory Pressure) was measured by end-expiratory occlusion method and estimated using formulas derived from measured expiratory flows and a postulated linear pressure-flow relationship during expiration in passive ARDS patients. Agreement between measured and estimated intrinsic PEEP was analyzed by Bland and Altman's method.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Adult patients with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients 18 years of age or older with diagnosis of ARDS, as defined by the American- European Consensus Conference 4
  • Receiving mechanical ventilation.
  • Presence of autoPEEP by inspection of flow-time waveforms displayed by the mechanical ventilator.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Known or suspected diagnosis of COPD or airflow limitation.
  • Next of kin not available to consent.
  • Contraindication to receive a muscle relaxant when measurements may be inaccurate without its administration.
  • Pregnancy
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00446706

United States, Texas
Thomason Hospital (Now University Medical Center)
El Paso, Texas, United States, 79905
Sponsors and Collaborators
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, El Paso
Principal Investigator: Juan Figueroa-Casas, MD Texas Tech University
  More Information

Responsible Party: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, El Paso Identifier: NCT00446706     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: Estimation PEEPi
Study First Received: March 12, 2007
Last Updated: November 10, 2015

Keywords provided by Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, El Paso:
Intrinsic PEEP

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Newborn
Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Adult
Acute Lung Injury
Pathologic Processes
Lung Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Respiration Disorders
Infant, Premature, Diseases
Infant, Newborn, Diseases
Lung Injury processed this record on April 27, 2017