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Incidence of hypo- and hyper-capnia in a cross-sectional European cohort of ventilated newborn infants.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health, Pediatrics.
2013 (English)In: Archives of Disease in Childhood: Fetal and Neonatal Edition, ISSN 1359-2998, E-ISSN 1468-2052, Vol. 98, no 4, F323-6 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

OBJECTIVE: To determine the incidence of hypo- and hyper-capnia in a European cohort of ventilated newborn infants.

DESIGN AND SETTING: Two-point cross-sectional prospective study in 173 European neonatal intensive care units.

PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patient characteristics, ventilator settings and measurements, and blood gas analyses were collected for endotracheally ventilated newborn infants on two separate dates.

RESULTS: A total of 1569 blood gas analyses were performed in 508 included patients with a mean±SD Pco2 of 48±12 mm Hg or 6.4±1.6 kPa (range 17-104 mm Hg or 2.3-13.9 kPa). Hypocapnia (Pco2<30 mm Hg or 4 kPa) and hypercapnia (Pco2>52 mm Hg or 7 kPa) was present in, respectively, 69 (4%) and 492 (31%) of the blood gases. Hypocapnia was most common in the first 3 days of life (7.3%) and hypercapnia after the first week of life (42.6%). Pco2 was significantly higher in preterm infants (49 mm Hg or 6.5 kPa) than term infants (43 mm Hg or 5.7 kPa) and significantly lower during pressure-limited ventilation (47 mm Hg or 6.3±1.6 kPa) compared with volume-targeted ventilation (51 mm Hg or 6.8±1.7 kPa) and high-frequency ventilation (50 mm Hg or 6.7±1.7 kPa).

CONCLUSIONS: This study shows that hypocapnia is a relatively uncommon finding during neonatal ventilation. The higher incidence of hypercapnia may suggest that permissive hypercapnia has found its way into daily clinical practice.

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2013. Vol. 98, no 4, F323-6 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-210603DOI: 10.1136/archdischild-2012-302649ISI: 000330515000008PubMedID: 23241364OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-210603DiVA: diva2:663297

Co-author: Richard Sindelar, Uppsala universitet, Institutionen för kvinnors och barns hälsa, forskargrupp Perinatal, neonatal och barnkardiologisk forskning/Hellström-Westas, ingår i Neovent Study Group.

Available from: 2013-11-11 Created: 2013-11-11 Last updated: 2016-10-03Bibliographically approved

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