High Frequency Percussive Ventilation

  • U. Lucangelo
  • L. Fontanesi
  • F. Bird


High frequency percussive ventilation (HFPV) is a method of ventilation that was introduced at the beginning of the 1980s. While it was initially destined for the treatment of lung injuries produced by smoke inhalation and burning, later on it was used in pathologies characterized by a serious alteration of gas exchange, where conventional ventilation methods were not decisive. HFPV was introduced in Europe in the second half of the 1990s. In Italy we were the first to use this technique in critical patients. Preliminary results will be presented at the end of this chapter.


Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Airway Pressure Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Conventional Mechanical Ventilation Conventional Ventilation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • U. Lucangelo
    • 1
  • L. Fontanesi
    • 1
  • F. Bird
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Clinical Sciences, Section of Anaesthesia, Intensive Care and Pain ClinicTrieste University School of MedicineTriesteItaly
  2. 2.Bird Institute of Biomedical TechnologySandpointUSA

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