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NAVA

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NAVA

Ventilation where the patient’s own respiratory drive controls timing and assist delivered by the ventilator.

Overview

Personalised ventilation provides unique patient insight and ventilation capabilities. It consists of a diagnostic tool that helps you monitor diaphragm activity (Edi) on the ventilator screen and a ventilation mode (NAVA) that uses the diaphragm activity to deliver assist adapted to the patient.

Personalised ventilation can help you:

Support throughout the treatment

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Invasive NAVA

Synchronised assist, weaning and sedation management, supporting early diaphragm activation.

Illustation non-invasive nava

Non-invasive NAVA

Synchronised assist, independent of leakages allowing a gentler mask application.

illustration monitoring

Edi monitoring

Monitor diaphragm activity  and breathing effort after extubation. Can be used with High Flow therapy if needed.

 

See and deliver what your patient wants

In most intensive care units 20% of patients consume 80% of ventilation resources, which may lead to increased complications and unwanted outcomes. [11] For these patients conventional ventilation simply isn’t enough. With personalized ventilation, the ventilator shows you what the patient wants, which may help you wean earlier with increased comfort, decreased sedation and reduced complications.

 

During normal respiration, a spontaneous breath begins with an impulse generated by the respiratory centres in the brain. This impulse is then transmitted via phrenic nerves and electrically activates the diaphragm, leading to a muscle contraction. The diaphragm contracts into the abdominal cavity, which leads to a descending movement, creating a negative alveolar pressure and an inflow of air.

The signal that excites the diaphragm is proportional to the integrated output of the respiratory centre in the brain and controls the depth and cycling of the breath.

With personalised ventilation the electrical discharge of the diaphragm is captured by a special catheter fitted with an array of electrodes (the Edi catheter) and visualised on the ventilator screen. This is Edi, the electrical activity of the diaphragm. The Edi catheter is placed in the esophagus much like an ordinary feeding tube. With NAVA, Neurally Adjusted Ventilatory Assist, the Edi is used to deliver ventilation in time with and in proportion to the diaphragm activity.

1. Identify common ventilator challenges

Only 10% of experienced clinicians detect auto-triggering, one of many challenges that can result in patient-ventilator agitation, increased sedation and delayed weaning. This is because the ventilator waveforms show you what the ventilator delivers, not what the patient wants. [12]

Seeing patient diaphragm activity on screen (Edi) helps you:

  • monitor and safeguard the patient’s diaphragm activity [13] [14]
  • assess effort and work of breathing during weaning [15]
  • prevent muscular exhaustion during weaning trials, even after extubation. [16]

2. Keep the diaphragm active

Edi helps you detect diaphragm activity early and Neurally Adjusted Ventilatory Assist (NAVA) helps you exercise the diaphragm on a personalised level. [17] [18]

3. Protect the lung from injury and wean earlier

An active diaphragm is the first step towards successful weaning. The second step is to avoid lung injury. NAVA delivers assist in proportion to and in synchrony with the patient’s respiratory efforts, which can contribute to:

  • fewer periods of over- and under-assist [19] [20]
  • Improved patient-ventilator synchrony [12] [20]
  • reduced sedation [21] [22]
  • improved comfort scores [23]
  • improved sleep quality [24] [25]

Training

Improve your knowledge with our eLearning courses

The basic concept of NAVA and Edi
NAVA module 1 (10 min)

  • Breathing regulation
  • Conventional ventilatory treatment
  • Edi and NAVA treatment

English (voice over) | Dutch | French | German | Italian | Spanish | Swedish

The basic concept of NAVA and Edi
NAVA module 2 (10 min)

  • Breathing regulation
  • Conventional ventilatory treatment
  • Edi and NAVA treatment

English (voice over)

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All references

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  2. 2. Piquilloud L, et al. Neurally adjusted ventilatory assist improves patient-ventilator interaction. Intensive Care Med. 2011 Feb;37(2):263-71.

  3. 3. Blankman P, et al. Ventilation distribution measured with EIT at varying levels of PS and NAVA in Patients with ALI. Intensive Care Med. 2013 Jun;39(6):1057-62.

  4. 4. Patroniti N, et al. Respiratory pattern during neurally adjusted ventilatory assist in acute respiratory failure patients. Intensive Care Med. 2012 Feb;38(2):230-9.

  5. 5. Kallio M, et al. Neurally adjusted ventilatory assist (NAVA) in pediatric intensive care – a randomized controlled trial. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2015 Jan;50(1):55-62.

  6. 6. Piastra M, et al. Neurally adjusted ventilatory assist vs pressure support ventilation in infants recovering from severe acute respiratory distress syndrome: nested study. J Crit Care. 2014 Apr;29(2):312.e1-5.

  7. 7. De la Oliva P, et al. Asynchrony, neural drive, ventilatory variability and COMFORT: NAVA versus pressure support in pediatric patients. Intensive Care Med. 2012 May;38(5):838-46.

  8. 8. Emeriaud G, et al. Evolution of inspiratory diaphragm activity in children over the course of the PICU stay. Intensive Care Med. 2014 Nov;40(11):1718-26.

  9. 9. Bellani G, Pesenti A. Assessing effort and work of breathing. Curr Opin Crit Care. 2014 Jun;20(3):352-8.

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  20. 20. Kallio M, et al. Neurally adjusted ventilatory assist (NAVA) in pediatric intensive care – a randomized controlled trial. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2015 Jan;50(1):55-62.

  21. 21. Piastra M, et al. Neurally adjusted ventilatory assist vs pressure support ventilation in infants recovering from severe acute respiratory distress syndrome: nested study. J Crit Care. 2014 Apr;29(2):312.e1-5.

  22. 22. De la Oliva P, et al. Asynchrony, neural drive, ventilatory variability and COMFORT: NAVA versus pressure support in pediatric patients. Intensive Care Med. 2012 May;38(5):838-46.

  23. 23. Delisle S, et al. Effect of ventilatory variability on occurrence of central apneas. Respir Care. 2013 May;58(5):745-53.

  24. 24. Delisle S, et al. Sleep quality in mechanically ventilated patients: comparison between NAVA and PSV modes. Ann Intensive Care. 2011 Sep 28;1(1):42.

  25. 25. Perry SF, et al. The evolutionary origin of the mammalian diaphragm. Respir Physiol Neurobiol. 2010 Apr 15;171(1):1-16.

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  31. 31. Blankman P, et al. Ventilation distribution measured with EIT at varying levels of PS and NAVA in Patients with ALI. Intensive Care Med. 2013 Jun;39(6):1057-62.

  32. 32. Brander L, et al. NAVA decreases ventilator induced lung injury and non-pulmonary organ dysfunction in rabbits with acute lung injury. Intensive Care Med. 2009 Nov;35(11):1979-89.

  33. 33. Patroniti N, et al. Respiratory pattern during neurally adjusted ventilatory assist in acute respiratory failure patients. Intensive Care Med. 2012 Feb;38(2):230-9.

  34. 34. Cecchini J, et al. Increased diaphragmatic contribution to inspiratory effort during neurally adjusted ventilatory assistance versus pressure support: an electromyographic study. Anesthesiology. 2014 Nov;121(5):1028-36.

  35. 35. Di Mussi R, et al. Impact of prolonged assisted ventilation on diaphragmatic efficiency: NAVA versus PSV. Crit Care. 2016 Jan 5;20(1):1.

  36. 36. Yonis H, et al. Patient-ventilator synchrony in Neurally Adjusted Ventilatory Assist (NAVA) and Pressure Support Ventilation (PSV). BMC Anesthesiol. 2015 Aug 8;15:117.

  37. 37. Piquilloud L, et al. Neurally adjusted ventilatory assist improves patient-ventilator interaction. Intensive Care Med. 2011 Feb;37(2):263-71.

  38. 38. Kallio M, et al. Neurally adjusted ventilatory assist (NAVA) in pediatric intensive care – a randomized controlled trial. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2015 Jan;50(1):55-62.

  39. 39. Piastra M, et al. Neurally adjusted ventilatory assist vs pressure support ventilation in infants recovering from severe acute respiratory distress syndrome: nested study. J Crit Care. 2014 Apr;29(2):312.e1-5.

  40. 40. De la Oliva P, et al. Asynchrony, neural drive, ventilatory variability and COMFORT: NAVA versus pressure support in pediatric patients. Intensive Care Med. 2012 May;38(5):838-46.

  41. 41. Delisle S, et al. Effect of ventilatory variability on occurrence of central apneas. Respir Care. 2013 May;58(5):745-53.

  42. 42. Delisle S, et al. Sleep quality in mechanically ventilated patients: comparison between NAVA and PSV modes. Ann Intensive Care. 2011 Sep 28;1(1):42.

  43. 43. Bellani G, et al. Clinical assessment of autopositive end-expiratory pressure by diaphragmatic electrical activity during pressure support and neurally adjusted ventilatory assist. Anesthesiology. 2014 Sep;121(3):563-71.

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