Six lambs were anesthetized and connected in venouvenous mode to a Membrane Lung for Extracorporeal CO2 removal. The animals underwent several hours periods of continuous positive pressure ventilation (CPPV), at 5 cmH2O positive end expiratory pressure (PEEP), alternated with several hours periods of low frequency positive pressure ventilation (5 cmH2O PEEP, 2 b.p.m.) with extracorporeal CO2 removal (LFPPV-ECCO2R). During LFPPV-ECCO2R compared with CPPV, cardiac output increased by 26%, pulmonary vascular resistances and systemic vascular resistances decreased by 28% and 22% respectively. The renal function improved significantly during LFPPV-ECCO2R compared with CPPV, i.e. urinary flow, creatinine clearance and osmolar clearance increased by 50%, 37% and 52% respectively. In these experiments LFPPV-ECCO2R, a form of completely artificial ventilation, seems to prevent hemodynamic and renal complications of CPPV.
- artificial ventilation
- extracorporeal circulation
- lung and end positive pressure ventilation
- membrane lung
- renal function
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine