Survival Rate For Preemies Increases With Liquid Ventilator
Physicians from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, have discovered
that partial liquid ventilation increases the survival rate and health of
infants with often fatal respiratory distress syndrome. The research, conducted
in collaboration with several other institutions, appears in the September
11 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine.
The research team's findings build upon previous studies showing that a
specially formulated liquid chemical, LiquiVent®, can gently expand
and oxygenate the lung air sacs of premature infants who frequently suffer
respiratory distress. The latest data shows that partial liquid ventilation
is as effective in infants as it was proven to be in animals, says the study's
co-author Jay Greenspan, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Director
of the Division of Neonatology.
The recent study involved 13 premature infants less than 5 days old with
severe respiratory distress syndrome. Eight of the 13 who had not responded
to conventional therapy survived past the critical 36-week mark following
partial liquid ventilation. "We now have further evidence that partial
liquid ventilation is a safe, life-saving option for premature infants who
had virtually no chance of living before the advent of this therapy,"
Dr. Greenspan says.