“FCV keeps the lung open in a very smooth way”
Prof. Dr. med. Dietmar Enk
Anesthesiologist/Intensivist, University Hospital Münster, Germany
Keeping the lung open – a key strategy to prevent postoperative pulmonary complications
Postoperative Pulmonary Complications (PPCs)
- Major cause of death after (non-) cardiothoracic surgery 9-12
- Lead to longer hospital stays and increased mortality rates 1-3,11,13,14
- Up to one in five patients who develops severe PPC dies within 30 days of surgery 3
- Incidence varies between surgical procedures:
– 5–10% after general surgeries 3,13,14
– 30–40% after abdominal and intrathoracic surgeries 1,3,13
– 87% after liver transplantation 15
Approaches to reduce PPC development
- Intraoperative desaturation, likely due to atelectasis and airway closure, is significantly associated with PPCs 14
- Current ventilation strategies aim to keep the lung open
– Using positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP)
– Using recruitment maneuvers
- Diverging results from studies on patient outcome 23-30
- Ongoing trials evaluate strategies to effectively keep the lung open 31,32
FCV® is ventilation with higher efficiency
ESA 2019: Benefits of FCV® presented
Clinical advantages of FCV® ventilation through small lumen have been presented at Euroanaesthesia, the major yearly European congress in the field of anesthesia. Four randomized controlled trials, comparing ventilation of specific patient populations with FCV® using Evone and Tritube to conventional methods, have been accepted for publication. These studies demonstrated that FCV® provides improved surgical conditions during upper airway surgery, higher efficient ventilation and better lung recruitment compared to volume controlled ventilation.
FCV® improves lung recruitment and oxygenation
The first comparative study evaluating a commonly applied VCV protocol with FCV® mode by Evone in healthy pigs showed that FCV® improved lung aeration and consequently increased arterial oxygenation by 10%, while using a 21% lower minute volume. After six hours of ventilation with comparable PEEP and peak pressures, dynamic CT scans revealed improved recruitment of dorsal lung areas with FCV® compared to VCV. Moreover, these findings suggest that FCV® is a new approach for lung protective ventilation. Read more.
FCV® adequately ventilated one lung in challenging patient case
Prof. Dr. med. Arnd Timmermann, Chefarzt Anesthesiology, DRK Kliniken Berlin | Westend und Mitte, Germany, used Evone in a special case of one lung ventilation. Surgical removal of a large thoracic wall tumor required ventilation of only the right lung, which was significantly reduced in size due to a previous medical condition. Using Tritube inside a double lumen tube, the right lung was adequately ventilated with FCV®, while the patient remained stable throughout the procedure. The surgeon: “Absolutely smooth movements of the ventilated lung and the heart, which does not disturb my operation field.”
FCV®– a new ventilation concept
- Is based on continuous inspiratory and expiratory flow 33
- Has no notable pauses during ventilation 33
- Aims for a linear increase and decrease in intratracheal pressure 33
- Has been applied clinically in more than 40 hospitals across 11 countries
- Has been applied successfully in multicenter observational study 37 and four randomized controlled trials (funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement no. 691519) 38-41
FCV® by Evone
- Keeps the lung open by controlling the full ventilation cycle 35,36
- Results in better lung recruitment as compared to VCV 35,36,38,39
- Results in better aeration of the lungs as compared to VCV 35,36,39
- Provides higher ventilation efficiency as compared to VCV, evidenced by improved oxygenation and CO2 removal 35,36,40
- Reduces atelectasis in dependent lung parts as compared to VCV in porcine ARDS 36 and morbidly obese patients 39
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