The length of time on mechanical ventilation is directly correlated with the incidence of potentially serious complications such as ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP) and airway trauma.1


The weaning process itself can be quite lengthy, often accounting for approximately 25% of the total time on the ventilator.2


Protocol-driven weaning has been shown to reduce the time spent on mechanical ventilation by 26% on average compared to clinician driven, non-protocolized weaning.2


Vital Sync™ Weaning Readiness & Spontaneous Breathing Trial (SBT) Monitoring Application

Utilize Medtronic's clinical decision support app to streamline and simplify the implementation of weaning protocols.


Puritan Bennett™ Ventilation Systems

Leverage features on Puritan Bennett™ ventilators to help improve weaning success by improving patient-ventilator synchrony and reducing the work of breathing.3,4,5


1.McLean, S. E., Jensen, L. A., Schroeder, D. G., Gibney, N. R., & Skjodt, N. M. Improving adherence to a mechanical ventilation weaning protocol for critically ill adults: outcomes after an implementation program. Am J Crit Care. 2006;15(3):299-309.

2. Blackwood, B., Burns, K. E., Cardwell, C. R., & O'Halloran, P. Protocolized versus non-protocolized weaning for reducing the duration of mechanical ventilation in critically ill adult patients. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2014(11):CD006904.

3. Akoumianaki, E., Prinianakis, G., Kondili, E., Malliotakis, P., & Georgopoulos, D. Physiologic comparison of neurally adjusted ventilator assist, proportional assist and pressure support ventilation in critically ill patients. Respir Physiol Neurobiol. 2014;203:82-89.

4. Elganady, A. A., Beshey, B. N., & Abdelaziz, A. A. H. (Writer) (2014). Proportional assist ventilation versus pressure support ventilation in the weaning of patients with acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

5. Kondili, E., Prinianakis, G., Alexopoulou, C., Vakouti, E., Klimathianaki, M., & Georgopoulos, D. Respiratory load compensation during mechanical ventilation--proportional assist ventilation with load-adjustable gain factors versus pressure support. Intensive Care Med. 2006;32(5):692-699.