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Mechanical respiratory support of preterm neonates with respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) and/or apnoea of prematurity (AOP) might be associated with adverse effects due to positive pressure (barotrauma), excessive gas delivery (volutrauma) or inadequate volume (atelectrauma). Asynchrony between patient efforts and ventilator support increases patient discomfort, favouring "fighting" the machine, and increases the risk of air trapping and lung overdistension even in patients with non-invasive ventilation (NIV).
Recently, a new modality of synchronization has been available for pediatric and neonatal use: the neurally adjusted ventilatory assist (NAVA), which uses the diaphragmatic electrical activity (Edi) as a signal to start the rise in pressure of the ventilator, and to adjust the tidal volume and the inspiratory time (cycling off) to the patient needs, breath by breath.
The aims of our study are to know whether NIV-NAVA compared to unsynchronized modalities (nCPAP/nIPPV), in infants born < 34 weeks GA with respiratory distress syndrome or requiring prophylactic NIV (immaturity, apnoea) reduces systemic inflammation, measured by serum cytokines concentration, reduces the need for oxygen and respiratory support, and if it increases the probabilities of survival without bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD).
Introduction. Mechanical respiratory support of preterm neonates with respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) and/or apnoea of prematurity (AOP) might be associated with adverse effects as a consequence of positive pressure use (barotrauma), excessive gas delivery (volutrauma) or inadequate volume (atelectrauma). All these factors could give rise to an increase in the alveolo-capillary membrane permeability, alveoli oedema, hyaline membrane formation and epithelial cells desquamation. These phenomena eventually could lead to activation of inflammatory mediators (biotrauma) with local and systemic noxious effects.
During assisted ventilation, the lack of synchrony between patient efforts and ventilator support increases patient discomfort, favouring "fighting" the machine, and increases the risk of air trapping and lung overdistension. Even in patients with non-invasive ventilation (NIV), uneasiness and respiratory distress would cause air hunger, developing intrapleural negative pressure with risk of lung overinflation despite using low airway positive pressures. The use of neuromuscular blockade in adults with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) has been associated with a decrease in serum cytokine levels and 90 days adjusted mortality.
NAVA uses the diaphragmatic electrical activity (Edi) as a signal to start the rise in pressure of the ventilator. Likewise, it allows automatic adjustment of peak inspiratory pressure (PIP) to the patient's effort, providing variable tidal volume according to his/her needs. Finally, the system allows the inspiratory cycling off with Edi decline (normally set at 70% of Edi Peak), that is, with diaphragmatic relaxation. NAVA has shown a faster response time and a better level of synchronization than traditional flow or pressure systems, achieving greater comfort levels in adults and paediatric patients. Some paediatric and neonatal studies have shown a reduction in PIP, without changes in mean airway pressure (MAP), and a reduction in oxygen requirement (FiO2). These changes were not associated with major complications (intraventricular haemorrhage, pneumothorax, or necrotizing enterocolitis).
A relevant target in neonatal ventilatory support is to minimize the aggression to the lungs and respiratory system using NIV whenever possible, and/or extubating patients as soon as possible. For this reason, profound sedation, analgesia, or neuromuscular blockade are rarely indicated in the newborn period. NAVA synchronization might improve patient comfort, preventing patient-ventilator fighting, and lung overinflation episodes (volutrauma), ultimately reducing biotrauma. As far as we know, studies evaluating this new ventilatory modality (NAVA) in the newborn period are still scarce, and its potential to reduce inflammation has not been tested.
To determine if NIV-NAVA compared to unsynchronized modalities (nCPAP/nIPPV), in infants born < 34 weeks GA with respiratory distress syndrome or requiring prophylactic NIV (immaturity, apnoea):
1. Reduces systemic inflammation, measured by serum cytokines concentration.
2. Reduces the need for oxygen and respiratory support.
3. Increases the probabilities of survival without bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD).
Design. Single centre, prospective and controlled randomized clinical trial.
Setting. Tertiary Hospital with near 6000 births per year and a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) with 15 beds and approximately 250 admissions per year.
Methods. Informed consent (IC) will be obtained before birth, during mothers' admission with threatened preterm labour. Once the IC is obtained and after the infant's birth, patients will be randomized by a random numbers table, kept in sealed envelops, to "Group A" (NAVA) or "Group B" (conventional strategies).
In all cases meeting inclusion criteria, a cord blood sample will be collected to determine the level of cytokines: Tumour necrosis factor alpha (TNF - α), interleukin (IL) 1 beta (IL-1ß), IL-6, and IL-8.
The decision to intubate in delivery room or to provide NIV will be carried out by the attending neonatologist at time of birth based on clinical criteria. In our unit, standard care is intubation and prophylactic surfactant administration in delivery room in neonates < 25 weeks GA, or older babies that did not received antenatal steroid and need intubation during resuscitation. Neonates 26 - 29 weeks GA with adequate respiratory effort are resuscitated and transferred to NICU with NIV (Neo-puff ®). Preterm babies > 29 weeks GA receive respiratory support (invasive or NIV) only when clinically indicated.
After admission to NICU, patients requiring invasive mechanical ventilation will be supported according to theirs needs and the criteria of the attending neonatologist. In our unit, modes with volume guarantee (VG) are currently used: Assist/Control+VG, Synchronized - Intermittent Mandatory Ventilation (S-IMV)+VG, Pressure Regulated Volume Control (PRVC), etc. After extubation and in patients supported non-invasively since the beginning, NIV will be provided according to randomization group:
Group A: With the ventilator SERVO-n (Maquet, Solna, Sweden), in NIV-NAVA mode. The ventilation parameters (PEEP, FiO2, NAVA level, etc.) will be established and adjusted by the attending clinician according to the patient's needs.
Group B: With the Infant Flow device (CareFusion) in nCPAP or non-synchronised Biphasic mode. The ventilation parameters (Flow, PEEP, FiO2, PIP level, etc.) will be established and adjusted by the attending clinician according to the patient's needs.
Surfactant (Curosurf ®, 100 mg/kg) will be administered according to clinical indications following the Unit's protocol. In general, if the patient did not receive it in delivery room, it is administered as soon as possible in the NICU when the patient needs FiO2 >0.3. Intubated patients will receive surfactant through a double lumen tube, and those with NIV by a minimally invasive method, or by the Insure (intubate, surfactant, and extubated) method.
Quantitative cytokine determination will be carried out simultaneously in all samples by X-MAP technology using the Bioplex cytometer (Biorad) which allows the simultaneous measure of multiple analytes.
Allocation: Randomized, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment
Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Newborn
Not yet recruiting
Complejo Hospitalario Universitario Insular Materno Infantil
Published on BioPortfolio: 2016-08-10T08:08:21-0400
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