High-Frequency Percussive Ventilation

  • U. Lucangelo
  • S. Gramaticopolo
  • L. Fontanesi


High-frequency ventilation (HFV) techniques have been studied and applied for more than 40 years. Nonetheless, they are still largely unpopular in intensive care units (ICUs) and their use is limited to specialist applications in cases of acute respiratory failure refractory to conventional treatment. Results in clinical trials have been alternatively convincing or feebly positive in favour of HFV, and to most practitioners it is an unphysiological approach to the care of ICU patients.


Acute Lung Injury Airway Pressure Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome Conventional Mechanical Ventilation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • U. Lucangelo
    • 1
  • S. Gramaticopolo
    • 1
  • L. Fontanesi
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Perioperative Medicine, Intensive Care and EmergencyTrieste University School of Medicine, Cattinara HospitalTriesteItaly

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