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The “How To” of BiVent (APRV) . David Pitts II, RRT Clinical Applications Specialist, Maquet Birmingham, Alabama Sponsored by Maquet, Inc – Servo Ventilators. Objectives. Provide the definition and names for APRV Explain the four set parameters.

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the how to of bivent aprv

The “How To” of BiVent (APRV)

David Pitts II, RRT

Clinical Applications Specialist, Maquet

Birmingham, Alabama

Sponsored by Maquet, Inc – Servo Ventilators

  • Provide the definition and names for APRV
  • Explain the four set parameters.
  • Identify recruitment in APRV using exhaled CO2.
  • Recommend appropriate initial settings for APRV
  • Make adjustments based on arterial blood gas results
  • Discontinue ventilation with APRV
lung protective strategies
Lung Protective Strategies
  • Acute lung injury (ALI) and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)
  • Keep plateau pressures < 30 cm H2O
  • Use low tidal volume ventilation (4-6 mL/kg IBW)
  • Use PEEP to restore the functional residual capacity (FRC)
keeping plateau pressure 30 cm h 2 0
Keeping Plateau Pressure < 30 cm H20
  • What do you do if CO2 is rising and the plateau pressure is at 30 cm H2O?
alternative techniques
Alternative Techniques

Increase the ventilator rate

Permissive Hypercapnia

Airway Pressure Release Ventilation

High Frequency Ventilation

Extracorporeal Life Support

  • Primarily used as an alternative ventilation technique in patients with ARDS.
  • Used to help protect against ventilator induced lung injury.

To provide the lung protective ventilation supported by the ARDSnet research.

Use an “Open lung” approach.

Minimize alveolar overdistension.

Avoid repeated alveolar collapse and reexpansion.

Restore FRC through recruitment and,

Maintain FRC by creating intrinsic PEEP.

aprv description
APRV Description
  • A mode of ventilation along with spontaneous ventilation to promote lung recruitment of collapsed and poorly ventilated alveoli.
  • The CPAP is released periodically for a brief period.
  • The short release along with spontaneous breathing promote CO2 elimination.
  • Release time is short to prevent the peak expiratory flow from returning to a zero baseline.
ventilation with aprv
Ventilation With APRV
  • The short release along with spontaneous breathing promote CO2 elimination.
  • Release time is short to prevent the peak expiratory flow from returning to a zero baseline.
  • BiVent – Servo
  • APRV – Drager
  • BiLevel – Puritan Bennett
  • APRV – Hamilton
  • Etc.
consider aprv when the patient has
Consider APRV when the Patient Has --
  • Bilateral Infiltrates
  • PaO2/FIO2 ratio < 300 and falling
  • Plateau pressures greater than 30 cm H2O
  • No evidence of left heart failure (e.g. PAOP of 18 mm Hg or greater)
  • In other words, persistent ARDS
possible contraindications
Possible Contraindications
  • Unmanaged increases in intracraneal pressure.
  • Large bronchopleural fistulas.
  • Possibly obstructive lung disease.
  • Technically, it may be possible to ventilate nearly any disorder.
  • P High– the upper CPAP level. Analogous to MAP (mean airway pressure) and thus affects oxygenation
  • PEEP(Also called Plow) is the lower pressure setting.
  • T High-is the inspiratory time IT(s) phase for the high CPAP level (P High).
  • T PEEP or T low- is the release time allowing CO2 elimination
  • T High plus T PEEP (T low) is the total time of one cycle.
  • I:E ratio becomes irrelevant because APRV is really best thought of as CPAP
  • With occasional releases
advantages of aprv
Advantages of APRV
  • Uses lower PIP to maintain oxygenation and ventilation without compromising the patient’s hemodynamics(Syndow AJRCCM 1994, Kaplan, CC, 2001)
  • Shown to improved V/Q matching(Putensen, AJRCCM, 159, 1999)
  • Required a lower VE suggesting reduced VD/VT(Varpula, Acta Anaesthesiol Scand 2001)
compared to pcirv advantages of aprv
Compared to PCIRV – Advantages of APRV
  • APRV uses lower peak and mean airway pressures,
  • Increases cardiac index,
  • Decreases central venous pressure,
additional advantages compared to pcirv
Additional Advantages - Compared to PCIRV
  • APRV increases oxygen delivery and
  • Reduces the need for sedation and paralysis
  • APRV also improves renal perfusion and urine output when spontaneous breathing is maintained. (Kaplan, Crit Care, 2001; Hering, Crit Care Med 2002)
advantages of spontaneous breathing
Advantages of Spontaneous Breathing
  • The benefits of APRV may be related to the preservation of spontaneous breathing.
  • Maintaining the normal cyclic decrease in pleural pressure, augmenting venous return and improving cardiac output. (Putensen, AJRCCM, 1999)
  • The need for sedation is decreased.
preserve spontaneous breathing
Preserve Spontaneous Breathing
  • The dashed line in each figure represents the normal position of the diaphragm.
  • The shaded area represents the movement of the diaphragm. (Froese, 1974)
spontaneous v s paralyzed
Spontaneous v.s. Paralyzed
  • Spontaneous breathing provides ventilation to dependent lung regions which get the best blood flow, as opposed to PPV with paralyzed patients. ((Frawley, AACN Clinical 2001. Froese, Anesth, 1974).
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Spontaneous v.s. Paralyzed
  • During PPV (paralyzed patient), the anterior diaphragm is displaced towards the abdomen with the non-dependent regions of the lung receiving the most ventilation where perfusion is the least.
other advantages of spontaneous breathing
Other Advantages of Spontaneous Breathing
  • Reduces atrophy of the muscles of ventilation associated with the use of PPV and paralytic agents. (Neuman, ICM,2002)
another advantage
Another Advantage
  • During PPV atelectasis formation can occur near the diaphragm, when activity of this muscle is absent. (paralysis)
  • However, if spontaneous breathing is preserved, the formation of atelectasis is offset by the activity of the diaphragm. (Hedenstierna, Anesth, 1994)
initial settings p high
Initial Settings – P High
  • P High – Set a plateau pressure (adult) or mean airway pressure (pediatric)
  • Typically about 20-25 cm H2O.
  • In patients with Pplateau at or above 30 cm H2O, set at 30 cm H2O
setting p high
Setting Phigh
  • Over-distention of the lung must be avoided. Maximum Phigh of 35 cm H2O. (controversial)
  • Exceptions for higher settings – morbid obesity, decreased thoracic or abdominal compliance (ascites).
setting t high
Setting Thigh
  • The inspiratory time (Thigh) is set at a minimum of about 4.0 seconds
  • In children, others use lower settings (Children’s Med Ctr. Uses 2 sec.)
  • Thigh is progressively increased (10 to 15 seconds (Habashi, et al)
  • Target is oxygenation.
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Setting Thigh
  • Progress slowly. For example, 5 sec Thigh to 0.5 sec Tlow, a 10:1 ratio.
  • Increasing to 5.5 sec to 0.5 sec is an 11:1 ratio; not a big change.
  • Old patients may be fragile.
release time t peep
Currently, with ARDS thinking is not to let exhalation go to complete emptying, i.e. do not let expiratory flow returning to zero. (McCunn, Crit Care 2002)

Thus, regional auto-PEEP a desirable outcome with APRV

Release Time - TPEEP


setting peep or p low in aprv
Setting PEEP or Plow in APRV
  • Set PEEP at zero cm H2O.
  • This provides a rapid drop in pressure, and a maximum DP for unimpeded expiratory gas flow. (Frawley, AACN Clin Issues 2001)
  • Avoid lung collapse during Tlow.
establishing t peep time at low pressure
Establishing T PEEP (Time at low pressure)
  • Set T PEEP (T low) so that expiratory flow from patient ends at about 50 to 75% of peak expiratory flow.
  • This can be determine saving a screen and calculating peak expiratory flow.
  • Or, it can be estimated
t peep setting the time
T PEEP – Setting The Time
  • Adults 0.5 to 0.8 seconds
  • Pediatric/neonatal settings 0.2 to 0.6 seconds.
  • Or one time constant. (TC = C x R)
release time in ards
Release Time in ARDS

Atelectasis can develop in seconds when Paw drops below a critical value in the injured lung.(Neumann P, JAP 1998, Newmann P, AJRCCM 1998, Frawley, 2001; McCunn, Internat’l Anesth Clinics 2002).

Too long a release time would interfere with oxygenation and allow lung units to collapse.

initial settings
Initial Settings

T High/T low- 12-16 releases

T High (s) T low (s) Freq.

3.0 0.5 17

4.0 0.5 13

5.0 0.5 11

6.0 0.5 9

P high 20-30 cm H2O, according to the following chart.


<250 15-20

<200 20-25

<150 25-28

T high range 4-6 sec.

PS- as indicated with special attention given to PIP.

T low = 0.5 sec and

P low = 0

bi vent settings
Bi-Vent Settings

Set Releases and I:E

Create releases and I:E

bi vent ventilation
Bi-Vent Ventilation

P High


T High

spontaneous breathing
Spontaneous Breathing

Spontaneous Breaths

(On P High)

Patient Trigger

(On P High)

spontaneous breathing w ps
Spontaneous Breathing w/PS

Spontaneous Breaths w/PS

control settings for co 2
Control Settings for CO2
  • DP (Phigh – Plow) determines flow out of the lungs and volume exchange (VT and PaCO2).
  • Some clinicians suggest a target minute ventilation of 2 to 3 L/min. (Frawley, 2001).
  • Optimize spontaneous ventilation.
co 2 elimination to decrease paco 2
CO2 EliminationTo Decrease PaCO2:
  • Decrease T High.
    • Shorter T High means more release/min.
    • No shorter than 3 seconds
    • Example: T High 5 sec. = 12 releases/min
    • T High 4 sec = 15 releases/min
  • Increase P High to increase DP and volume exchange. (2-3 cm H2O/change)
    • Monitor Vt
    • PIP (best below 30 cm H2O)
  • Check T low. If possible increase T low to allow more time for “exhalation.”
to increase paco 2
To Increase PaCO2
  • Increase T high. (fewer releases/min)
  • Slowly! In increments of 0.5 to 2.0 sec.
  • Decrease P High to lower DP.
    • Monitor oxygenation and
    • Avoid derecruitment.
  • It may be better to accept hypercapnia than to reduce P high so much that oxygenation decreases.
management of pao 2
Management of PaO2

To Increase PaO2

  • Increase FIO2
  • Increase MAP by increasing P High in 2 cm H2O increments.
  • Increase T high slowly (0.5 sec/change)
  • Recruitment Maneuvers
  • Maybe shorten T PEEP (T low) to increase PEEPi in 0.1 sec. increments (This may reduce VT and affect PaCO2)
weaning from aprv
Weaning From APRV
  • FiO2 SHOULD BE WEANED FIRST. (Target < 50% with SpO2 appropriate.)
  • Reducing P High, by 2 cmH20 increments until the P High is below 20 cmH2O.
  • Increasing T High to change vent set rate by 5 releases/minute
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Weaning From APRV
  • The patient essentially transitions to CPAP with very few releases.
  • Patients should be increasing their spontaneous rate to compensate.
during weaning
During Weaning

Add Pressure Support judiciously.

Add Pressure Support to P High in order to decrease WOB while avoiding over-distention,

P High + PS < 30 cmH2O.

weaning bi vent
Weaning Bi-Vent

Lower Rate

Longer T High

Add PS

Lower P High

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Weaning Bi-Vent

Lower Rate

Longer T High

Add PS

Lower P High

perceived disadvantages of aprv
Perceived Disadvantages of APRV

APRV is a pressure-targeted mode of ventilation.

Volume delivery depends on lung compliance, airway resistance and the patient’s spontaneous effort.

APRV does not completely support CO2 elimination, but relies on spontaneous breathing

disadvantages of aprv
Disadvantages of APRV
  • With increased Raw (e.g.COPD)
    • the ability to eliminate CO2 may be more difficult
    • Due to limited emptying of the lung and short release periods.
  • If spontaneous efforts are not matched during the transition from Phigh to Plow and Plow to Phigh, may lead to increased work load and discomfort for the patient.
  • Limited staff experience with this mode may make implementation of its use difficult.