UMEM Educational Pearls

Given my previous post on APRV (11/6/2022) and while I take issue with many of the author's statements, I wanted to share a very well referenced article with an excellent discussion on the current gaps in the knowledge around APRV and its use.

One statement I do agree with is the need for a well-designed and adequately powered trial of this mode in an admittedly difficult-to-study population.

Fortunately, this article has an invited rebuttal pending from Dr. Habashi which I am sure will appear in the Educational Pearls in short order. 

Good luck to the residents on the ITE!


Parhar, Ken Kuljit S. MD, MSc1,2,3; Doig, Christopher MD, MSc1,2,4. Caution—Do Not Attempt This at Home. Airway Pressure Release Ventilation Should Not Routinely Be Used in Patients With or at Risk of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Outside of a Clinical Trial. Critical Care Medicine ():10.1097/CCM.0000000000005776, January 20, 2023. | DOI: 10.1097/CCM.0000000000005776 
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