Impact of the prone position in an animal model of unilateral bacterial pneumonia undergoing mechanical ventilation.

The prone position (PP) has proven beneficial in patients with severe lung injury subjected to mechanical ventilation (MV), especially in those with lobar involvement. We assessed the impact of PP on unilateral pneumonia in rabbits subjected to MV.
After endobronchial challenge with Enterobacter aerogenes, adult rabbits were subjected to either "adverse" (peak inspiratory pressure = 30 cm H2O, zero end-expiratory pressure; n = 10) or "protective" (tidal volume = 8 ml/kg, 5 cm H2O positive end-expiratory pressure; n = 10) MV and then randomly kept supine or turned to the PP. Pneumonia was assessed 8 h later. Data are presented as median (interquartile range).
Compared with the supine position, PP was associated with significantly lower bacterial concentrations within the infected lung, even if a "protective" MV was applied (5.93 [0.34] vs. 6.66 [0.86] log10 cfu/g, respectively; P = 0.008). Bacterial concentrations in the spleen were also decreased by the PP if the "adverse" MV was used (3.62 [1.74] vs. 6.55 [3.67] log10 cfu/g, respectively; P = 0.038). In addition, the noninfected lung was less severely injured in the PP group. Finally, lung and systemic inflammation as assessed through interleukin-8 and tumor necrosis factor-α measurement was attenuated by the PP.
The PP could be protective if the host is subjected to MV and unilateral bacterial pneumonia. It improves lung injury even if it is utilized after lung injury has occurred and nonprotective ventilation has been administered.
AuthorsSylvain Ladoire, Laure-Anne Pauchard, Saber-Davide Barbar, Pierre Tissieres, Delphine Croisier-Bertin, Pierre-Emmanuel Charles
JournalAnesthesiology (Anesthesiology) Vol. 118 Issue 5 Pg. 1150-9 (May 2013) ISSN: 1528-1175 [Electronic] United States
PMID23416383 (Publication Type: Journal Article, Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't)
Chemical References
  • Interleukin-8
  • Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha
  • Animals
  • Endpoint Determination
  • Enterobacter aerogenes
  • Enterobacteriaceae Infections (microbiology, physiopathology)
  • Hemodynamics (physiology)
  • Inflammation (pathology)
  • Interleukin-8 (metabolism)
  • Lung (microbiology, pathology)
  • Lung Compliance (physiology)
  • Male
  • Pneumonia, Bacterial (microbiology, pathology, physiopathology)
  • Positive-Pressure Respiration
  • Prone Position (physiology)
  • Pulmonary Gas Exchange
  • Rabbits
  • Respiration, Artificial
  • Supine Position (physiology)
  • Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha (metabolism)

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