Safety Assessment of a Novel Neonatal Ventilator Circuit Patient Interface Connector for the Delivery of Aerosolized Medication to Mechanically Ventilated Infants –
Respiratory Therapy. February-
March 2013, Vol. 8, No. 1, Pages 29-33
As part of a safety assessment of AFECTAIR, studies were conducted to determine the dead space volume (volume of gas that remains in device, undelivered to the patient), the resistance to gas flows through AFECTAIR relative to a standard configuration, as well as the interaction between the ventilator circuit gas and the aerosol carrier gas using the two configurations. Authors concluded that, when used correctly, AFECTAIR has a comparable safety profile to standard wye connectors and aerosol delivery configurations. Authors also stated that further studies are needed to determine the impact of AFECTAIR on the delivery of aerosolized medications to mechanically ventilated infants.
Use of AFECTAIR may result in an increase in the delivery of aerosolized medication to patients receiving mechanical ventilation. When delivering aerosolized medication through AFECTAIR to patients receiving mechanical ventilation, a qualified healthcare personnel should closely monitor the response to the aerosolized medication.
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