Evid Based Nurs 4:18 doi:10.1136/ebn.4.1.18
  • Treatment

Mechanical ventilation with a lower tidal volume resulted in decreased mortality in patients with acute lung injury and the acute respiratory distress syndrome

Mechanical ventilation with lower tidal volumes (LTV) v with traditional tidal volumes (TTV) in the acute respiratory distress syndrome*

Outcomes at 28 days LTV TTV RRR (95% CI) NNT (CI)
Death 31% 40% 22% (7 to 35) 12 (7 to 41)
LTV TTV Mean difference (CI)
*Abbreviations defined in glossary; RRR, NNT, and CI calculated from data in article.
Ventilator free days 12 10 2 (0.5 to 3.5)

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