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Aerosol delivery by an ultrasonic nebulizer during different mechanical ventilation settings in a lung model – a pilot study

Authors Michael Winterhalter, Michael Bund, Nawid Khaladj, Christian Hagl, Andre Simon, et al

Published 8 January 2008 Volume 2008:2 Pages 1—7


Michael Winterhalter1, Michael Bund1, Nawid Khaladj2, Christian Hagl2, Andre Simon2, Ludwig Hoy3, Siegfried Piepenbrock1, Niels Rahe-Meyer1

1Department of Anaesthesiology; 2Division of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery; 3Department of Biometry, Hannover Medical School, Hannover, Germany

Abstract: Aerosol delivery of Iloprost is a promising therapeutic approach. The aim of this study was to determine the output of an ultrasonic nebulizer in different ventilation set-ups at the tip of different endotracheal tubes.

Method: In set-up A, an ultrasonic nebulizer was connected directly to the endotracheal tube. In set-up B, the nebulizer was incorporated into the inspiratory limb of the ventilator circuit; a bypass arrangement allowed to selectively direct the expiratory air discharged from the model lung. The test lungs were ventilated through a standard endotracheal tube (ET) and through a double-lumen tube (DLT). The nebulizer was filled with 5 ml of a Tc-99m 0.9%-NaCl solution. After nebulization, distribution of radioactivity was detected by gamma scintigraphy.

Results: Set-up A, ventilation in volume-controlled mode (VCV) via an ET: Delivered dose (1.61 ± 0.41 ml), nebulization time 10.13 ± 1.71 min. Set-up A, pressure-controlled ventilation (PCV), via a DLT: Delivered dose (1.33 ± 0.88 ml), nebulization time 13.27 ± 2.58 min. Set-up B, VCV mode via an ET: Delivered dose (1.57 ± 0.44 ml), nebulization time (25.9 ± 3.8 min). Set-up B, PCV mode, via a DLT: Delivered dose (1.3 ± 0.17 ml), nebulization time (25.6 ± 4.0 min). Set-up B did not yield a significantly higher output (p 0.05), but the nebulization time was significantly longer (p > 0.05) compared with set-up A.

Conclusion: Set-ups which involve connecting the nebulizer directly to an ET or a DLT exhibit sufficient output of aerosol and short nebulization times.
Keywords: nebulization, ventilation, endotracheal tube

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