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PurposeThe optimal ventilatory settings in patients after cardiac arrest and their association with outcome remain unclear. The aim of this study was to describe the ventilatory settings applied in the first 72 h of mechanical ventilation in patients after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and their association with 6-month outcomes.MethodsPreplanned sub-analysis of the Target Temperature Management-2 trial. Clinical outcomes were mortality and functional status (assessed by the Modified Rankin Scale) 6 months after randomization.ResultsA total of 1848 patients were included (mean age 64 [Standard Deviation, SD = 14] years). At 6 months, 950 (51%) patients were alive and 898 (49%) were dead. Median tidal volume (VT) was 7 (Interquartile range, IQR = 6.2-8.5) mL per Predicted Body Weight (PBW), positive end expiratory pressure (PEEP) was 7 (IQR = 5-9) cmH20, plateau pressure was 20 cmH20 (IQR = 17-23), driving pressure was 12 cmH20 (IQR = 10-15), mechanical power 16.2 J/min (IQR = 12.1-21.8), ventilatory ratio was 1.27 (IQR = 1.04-1.6), and respiratory rate was 17 breaths/minute (IQR = 14-20). Median partial pressure of oxygen was 87 mmHg (IQR = 75-105), and partial pressure of carbon dioxide was 40.5 mmHg (IQR = 36-45.7). Respiratory rate, driving pressure, and mechanical power were independently associated with 6-month mortality (omnibus p-values for their non-linear trajectories: p ConclusionsProtective ventilation strategies are commonly applied in patients after cardiac arrest. Ventilator settings in the first 72 h after hospital admission, in particular driving pressure and respiratory rate, may influence 6-month outcomes.

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Intensive care medicine

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Anesthesia and Critical Care, San Martino Policlinico Hospital, IRCCS for Oncology and Neuroscience, Genoa, Italy.


TTM2 Trial Collaborators