Identify variables independently associated with delivered tidal volume (VT) and measured mean airway pressure during high-frequency oscillatory ventilation across the range of pediatric endotracheal tube sizes.Design:
In vitro study.Setting:
An in vitro bench model of the intubated pediatric respiratory system during high-frequency oscillatory ventilation was used to obtain delivered VT and mean airway pressure (in the distal lung) for various endotracheal tube sizes. Measurements were taken at different combinations of ventilator set mean airway pressure (Paw), amplitude (ΔP), frequency, and test lung compliance. Multiple regression analysis was used to construct multivariable models predicting delivered VT and mean airway pressure.Measurements and Main Results:
Variables independently associated with higher delivered VT for all endotracheal tube sizes include higher ΔP (p < 0.001), lower frequency (p < 0.001), and higher test lung compliance (p < 0.001). A multiplicative interaction between frequency and ΔP magnifies the delivered VT when ΔP is high and frequency is low (p < 0.001). Delivered mean airway pressure becomes lower than set Paw as ΔP increases (p < 0.001) and frequency increases (p < 0.05). Ventilator set Paw is the largest determinant of delivered mean airway pressure; however, increasing ΔP resulted in a lower delivered mean airway pressure. For example, in a 4.0 mm ID endotracheal tube, increasing ΔP by 10 cm H2O resulted in an average decrease of delivered mean airway pressure by 4.5%.Conclusions:
This is the first study to quantify the interaction between ΔP and frequency in delivered VT and the effect of ΔP and frequency on delivered mean airway pressure. These results demonstrate the need to measure or estimate VT and delivered pressures during high-frequency oscillatory ventilation and may be useful in determining optimal strategies for lung protective ventilation during high-frequency oscillatory ventilation.