Journal article

A dedicated respiratory function monitor to improve tidal volume delivery during neonatal anesthesia

William K Atkins, Rob McDougall, Elizabeth J Perkins, Prue M Pereira-Fantini, David G Tingay

PEDIATRIC ANESTHESIA | WILEY | Published : 2019

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Tight control of tidal volume using accurate monitoring may improve neonatal outcomes. However, respiratory function monitors incorporated in current anesthetic workstations are generally inaccurate at tidal volumes used for infants. AIMS: To determine if a specific respiratory function monitor for neonatal infants improved expired tidal volume delivery during anesthesia. METHOD: Infants <3 months old requiring intubation for surgery in the operating theater were studied. After intubation a Phillips NM3, Acutronic Florian, or Novametrix Ventcheck Respiratory Function Monitor was integrated into the circuit, and clinicians given access to the display for the duration of anesthesia..

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Grants

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council Clinical Career Development Fellowship


Funding Acknowledgements

This study is supported by the Victorian Government Operational Infrastructure Support Program (Melbourne, Australia). DGT is supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council Clinical Career Development Fellowship (Grant ID 1053889).