Study Type: Observational
Study Period: October 2011 – April 2012
The purpose of this study was to evaluate a strategy for ventilator management (ventilator management protocol) that was developed in adult intensive care units for patients with Acute Lung Injury (ALI) or Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS). The goal was to evaluate the extent to which this ventilator management protocol needs to be changed to make it acceptable for use in the pediatric ICU. We evaluated the size and scale (granularity) of the data input into the protocol and the granularity of recommendations for changes to ventilator settings. A ventilator management protocol that is scaled for pediatric use could support future research studies in the CPCCRN network and in other PICUs. The project was supported by Award Number R21HD061870 from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute Of Child Health & Human Development. This study was completed and the results are being prepared for publication.