DOI: 10.1097/CCE.0000000000000779; PMCID: PMC9668558
UNLABELLED: To describe ventilation strategies used during extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) for neonatal respiratory failure among level IV neonatal ICUs (NICUs).
DESIGN: Cross-sectional electronic survey.
SETTING: Email-based Research Electronic Data Capture survey.
PATIENTS: Neonates undergoing ECMO for respiratory failure at level IV NICUs.
INTERVENTIONS: A 40-question survey was sent to site sponsors of regional referral neonatal ECMO centers participating in the Children's Hospitals Neonatal Consortium. Reminder emails were sent at 2- and 4-week intervals.
MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: Twenty ECMO centers responded to the survey. Most primarily use venoarterial ECMO (65%); this percentage is higher (90%) for congenital diaphragmatic hernia. Sixty-five percent reported following protocol-based guidelines, with neonatologists primarily responsible for ventilator management (80%). The primary mode of ventilation was pressure control (90%), with synchronized intermittent mechanical ventilation (SIMV) comprising 80%. Common settings included peak inspiratory pressure (PIP) of 16-20 cm H
CONCLUSIONS: The majority of level IV NICUs follow internal protocols for ventilator management during neonatal respiratory ECMO, and neonatologists primarily direct management in the NICU. While most centers use pressure-controlled SIMV, there is considerable variability in the range of settings used, with few centers using HFV primarily. Future studies should focus on identifying respiratory management practices that improve outcomes for neonatal ECMO patients.
Crit Care Explor
extracorporeal membrane oxygenation; neonate; respiratory failure; ventilation; ventilator
Ibrahim J, Mahmood B, DiGeronimo R, et al. Ventilation Strategies During Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation for Neonatal Respiratory Failure: Current Approaches Among Level IV Neonatal ICUs. Crit Care Explor. 2022;4(11):e0779. Published 2022 Nov 15. doi:10.1097/CCE.0000000000000779