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Effects of Propofol on Patient-Ventilator Synchrony and Interaction During Pressure Support Ventilation and Neurally Adjusted Ventilatory Assist*

Vaschetto, Rosanna MD, PhD1; Cammarota, Gianmaria MD, PhD1; Colombo, Davide MD, PhD1; Longhini, Federico MD2; Grossi, Francesca MD1; Giovanniello, Andrea MD3; Della Corte, Francesco MD1,2; Navalesi, Paolo MD2,3,4

doi: 10.1097/CCM.0b013e31829e53dc
Clinical Investigations

Objectives: Evaluating the physiologic effects of varying depths of propofol sedation on patient-ventilator interaction and synchrony during pressure support ventilation and neurally adjusted ventilatory assist.

Design: Prospective crossover randomized controlled trial.

Setting: University hospital ICU.

Patients: Fourteen intubated patients mechanically ventilated for acute respiratory failure.

Interventions: Six 25-minute trials randomly performed applying both pressure support ventilation and neurally adjusted ventilatory assist during wakefulness and with two doses of propofol, administered by Target Control Infusion, determining light (1.26 ± 0.35 μg/mL) and deep (2.52 ± 0.71 μg/mL) sedation, as defined by the bispectral index and Ramsay Sedation Scale.

Measurements and Main Results: We measured electrical activity of the diaphragm to assess neural drive and calculated its integral over time during 1 minute (∫electrical activity of the diaphragm/min) to estimate diaphragm energy expenditure (effort), arterial blood gases, airway pressure, tidal volume and its coefficient of variation, respiratory rate, neural timing components, and calculated the ineffective triggering index. Increasing the depth of sedation did not cause significant modifications of respiratory timing, while determined a progressive significant decrease in neural drive (with both modes) and effort (in pressure support ventilation only). In pressure support ventilation, the difference in ineffective triggering index between wakefulness and light sedation was negligible (from 5.9% to 7.6%, p = 0.97); with deep sedation, however, ineffective triggering index increased up to 21.8% (p < 0.0001, compared to both wakefulness and light sedation). With neurally adjusted ventilatory assist, ineffective triggering index fell to 0%, regardless of the depth of sedation. With both modes, deep sedation caused a significant increase in PaCO2, which resulted, however, from different breathing patterns and patient-ventilator interactions.

Conclusions: In pressure support ventilation, deep propofol sedation increased asynchronies, while light sedation did not. Propofol reduced the respiratory drive, while breathing timing was not significantly affected. Gas exchange and breathing pattern were also influenced by propofol infusion to an extent that varied with the depth of sedation and the mode of ventilation.

1Anesthesia and Intensive Care, “Maggiore Della Carità” Hospital, Novara, Italy.

2Anesthesia and Intensive Care, Department of Translational Medicine, Eastern Piedmont University “A. Avogadro,” Novara, Italy.

3Anesthesia and Intensive Care, Sant’Andrea Hospital, ASL VC, Vercelli, Italy.

4CRRF Mons. L. Novarese, Moncrivello (VC), Vercelli, Italy.

* See also p. 205.

This work was performed at the ICU of University Hospital “Maggiore Della Carità,” Novara, Italy.

Drs. Vaschetto and Cammarota contributed equally to this work.

Dr. Navalesi received honoraria/speaking fees from Maquet Critical Care. Drs. Navalesi, Vaschetto, Cammarota, Colombo, Longhini, Grossi, Giovanniello, and Della Corte received provision of equipment from Maquest Critical Care.

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