Respiratory muscle oxygen saturation during weaning
© Borrat et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2009
Published: 13 March 2009
Unnecessary prolongation of mechanical ventilation is related to increased morbidity. On the contrary, early discontinuation of mechanical ventilation with reintubation is also related to bad prognosis. High respiratory rate, cardiac load and neuromuscular dysfunction are known factors related to weaning failure. Oxygen tissue saturation (StO2) obtained by near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) reflects the balance between oxygen delivery and consumption at the muscle level. StO2 evolution during weaning may have a role in assessing respiratory muscle performance and help us to predict patient readiness to be weaned. The study objective is to describe respiratory muscle StO2 during a T-tube test.
A patient with mild head injury and pulmonary contusion was submitted to a T-tube trial after obtaining stability on day 5. The NIRS signal from serratus anterior muscle was acquired by placing an Inspectra device probe on the skin surface of the muscle . Simultaneously, the respiratory rate, heart rate, mean arterial pressure and arterial oxygen saturation were recorded.
NIRS was sensitive to respiratory muscle fatigue but further research is in process to assess its predictive capability.
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