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APRV: Preventing Mechanical Ventilation Complications

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Mechanical ventilation can save lives but it can also cause negative side-effects, such as lung damage. Airway pressure release ventilation (APRV), based on the principle of open lung approach, can help by improving oxygenation, facilitating spontaneous breathing and protecting the lungs against complications. Although in the past, APRV has mainly been used for patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) who are difficult to oxygenate, today it is no longer only used as a rescue mode.

Ventilation therapy and APRV

From treatment to prevention: APRV facilitates spontaneous breathing by delivering continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) and augments ventilation with brief releases. Take a look at how this can prevent mechanical ventilation complications, such as ARDS.

Ventilation therapy video gallery

Ms. Penny Andrews talks about APRV settings and clinical applications. Dr. Nader Habashi discusses the concept of spontaneous breathing and how to support it in mechanical ventilation. Take a look at these and many more videos to take a deeper dive into the topic of APRV and ventilation therapy.

APRV quick setup guide

Dräger quick setup guide for APRV

Dr. Luigi Camporota, from Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust lends his expert knowledge to our quick guide for APRV.

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About Dr. Luigi Camporota

Position: Consultant, Intensive Care Medicine
Institution: Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

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APRV infographic

Take a look at this infographic to get a quick overview and understanding of APRV and how and when it can be applied in clinical settings.

Literature list
APRV literature list

Want to know more on APRV? Here’s a list for further reading.

APRV modes in intensive care
APRV: Ventilator modes in intensive care booklet

Read about the available ventilator modes for Dräger devices and learn about the properties and control principles of each mode.

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