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Diaphragm ultrasound as a predictor of successful extubation from mechanical ventilation

Monday, April 14, 2014

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Source Name: Thorax


E DiNino, EJ Gartman, JM Sethi, FD McCool

This study evaluated the use of ultrasound to assess diaphragm thickening, rather than diaphragm motion, to predict extubation success.  Measurements were made in 63 ventilated patients, end-expiration and end-inspiration differences in thickness during spontaneous breathing were calculated, and the outcome was extubation within 48 hr.  The ROC AUC was 0.79 for assessing weaning success (79% accuracy).

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