The goal of the clinical trial called NAVA (neuronally adjusted ventilation assistance) is to optimize the assisted ventilation so that the machine is synchronized with the child’s respiration. Children have a natural tendency to work against the machine and hence they have to be sedated and high pressures of air have to be adopted. This can lead to permanent pulmonary microlesions. With the application of NAVA the respiratory center of the child is electronically linked to the machines and gives the machine the impulse to release the air. Consequently, the air pressure and the sedatives can be reduced and hopefully in the future even eliminated.
Principal investigator : Dr. Marie-Hélène Perez, CHUV, Lausanne.
Sponsored by Loterie Romande.