Diaphragm weakness impacts clinical outcomes during mechanical ventilation
The presence of diaphragm weakness significantly increases the risk of difficult weaning, prolonged weaning and hospital mortality, says Dr Ewan Goligher, referencing a recent study on the topic. 
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Can we further reduce weaning failures?
Research indicates that 29% of ventilated ICU patients experience frequent weaning failures due to diaphragm dysfunction. This increases the time on ventilation by up to 16 days.
The study also shows that the low sensitivity (26%) of the patient’s rapid shallow breathing index (RSBI), commonly used to measure weaning readiness, can unnecessarily prolong mechanical ventilation.
How to keep your ventilated ICU patients less sedated
"If we sedate patients they will stay in the ICU for a longer time, so we want them to be more awake" says Dr Torben Stensgard Andersen, Vejle Hospital.
It sounds simple, but keeping patients less sedated changes a lot of routines. Vejle Hospital started its journey around 2004 and they have come a long way since.
How to improve mechanical ventilation in the assisted mode
Dr. Salvatore Grasso discusses how monitoring diaphragmatic activity can help you adapt ventilation to the patient’s needs.
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