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Diaphragm ultrasound as a predictor of successful extubation from mechanical ventilation

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

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Ernest DiNino, Eric J Gartman, Eric J Gartman, F Dennis McCool

This prospective study evaluated changes in diaphragm thickness during weaning trials in ventilated patients as a predictor of successful weaning. An increase in thickness of more than 30% between end-expiration and end-inspiration had a positive predictive value of 91% and an area under the ROC curve of 0.79.

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