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Pulmonary infection control window as a switching point for sequential ventilation in the treatment of COPD patients: a meta-analysis

Authors Lv Y, Lv Q, Lv Q, Lai T

Received 5 November 2016

Accepted for publication 28 March 2017

Published 24 April 2017 Volume 2017:12 Pages 1255—1267


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Richard Russell

Yingying Lv,* Qiurong Lv,* Quanchao Lv, Tianwen Lai

Department of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, The Affiliated Hospital, Institute of Respiratory Diseases, Guangdong Medical University, Zhanjiang, China

*These authors contributed equally to this work

Purpose: Choosing the appropriate time to switch to noninvasive positive-pressure ventilation (NPPV) plays a crucial role in promoting successful weaning. However, optimal timing for transitioning and weaning patients from mechanical ventilation (MV) to NPPV has not been clearly established. In China, the pulmonary infection control (PIC) window as a switching point for weaning from MV has been performed for many years, without definitive evidence of clinical benefit. This study aimed to summarize the evidence for NPPV at the PIC window for patients with respiratory failure from COPD.
Methods: A comprehensive search for randomized controlled trials (RCTs) was performed. The trials were all parallel studies comparing the PIC window weaning strategy versus conventional weaning strategy in treatment of patients with respiratory failure due to COPD.
Results: Sixteen studies of 647 participants were eligible. When compared with conventional weaning strategy, early extubation followed by NPPV at the point of PIC window significantly reduced the mortality rate (risk ratios [RRs] 0.36, 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.23 to 0.57) and ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) (RR 0.28, 95% CI 0.19 to 0.41); it also decreased the duration of invasive ventilation (weighted mean difference [WMD] -7.68 days, 95% CI -9.43 to -5.93) and total duration of ventilation (WMD -5.93 days, 95% CI -7.29 to -4.58), which also shortened the lengths of stay in an intensive care unit (WMD -8.51 days, 95% CI -10.23 to -6.79), as well as length of stay in hospital (WMD -8.47 days, 95% CI -8.61 to -7.33).
Conclusion: The results showed that the PIC window as a switching point for sequential ventilation in treatment of respiratory failure in COPD patients may be beneficial. It might yield not only relevant information for caregivers in China but also new insights for considering the PIC window by physicians in other countries.

mechanical ventilation, ventilator-associated pneumonia, weaning, acute exacerbation, spontaneous breathing trial, intensive care unit

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