Lead Center:Rocky Mountain Regional SCI System
Principal Investigator Name:Daniel Lammertse, M.D.
Principal Investigator Email:email@example.com
Target Population(s):People admitted to the RMRSIS on ventilators and eligible to be weaned
This prospective randomized, controlled study compares outcomes between individuals with sub-acute, ventilator-dependent tetraplegia using high (20 cc/kg) VT vs. low (10 cc/kg) VT during mechanical ventilator support. While the use of lower tidal volumes in the general pulmonary community is more common, we and others in the SCI rehabilitation community have used 20 cc/kg IBW tidal volumes or higher to manage and attempt to wean individuals with SCI on mechanical ventilation. This study will address the safety and efficacy of using higher VT in ventilator weaning.