P/V Tool® Pro

  • Respiratory mechanics maneuver that records a quasi-static pressure/volume curve
  • Easy to assess recruitability of ARDS patients
  • Simple and safe way to perform lung recruitment maneuvers
  • Can be combined with esophageal pressure measurement

Protective ventilation tool for diagnosis and recruitment

The Protective Ventilation Tool (P/V Tool Pro) performs a respiratory mechanics maneuver that records a quasi-static pressure/volume curve. This method can be used to assess lung recruitability and determine the recruitment strategy to apply.

The P/V Tool Pro can also be used to perform a sustained inflation recruitment maneuver and measure the increase in lung volume. It is particularly helpful for ARDS patients, as selecting an appropriate lung recruitment strategy and the correct PEEP setting as an anti-derecruiting force are critical for this patient group.

In combination with esophageal pressure measurement, the P/V Tool Pro can give you a clearer understanding of the lung and chest-wall mechanics. This enables you to apply a lung-protective ventilation strategy by titrating the PEEP level (Talmor 2008), and optimizing the parameters for the recruitment maneuver, driving pressure and tidal volume.

What customers say about the P/V Tool Pro

Camille Neville

Clinical Educator for the Respiratory Department

Florida Hospital, Orlando (FL), USA

We recommend our respiratory therapists to use the P/V Tool as soon as they put the patient on the ventilator to obtain optimum PEEP. The therapists find it very helpful, especially on the sicker patients.

Ken Hargett

Director Respiratory Care

Methodist Hospital, Houston (TX), USA

We use the P/V Tool to determine initial PEEP settings on almost all ventilator patients once they have been sedated for the intubation. We also use the recruitment portion of the P/V Tool a lot, particularly for patients who are having repeated atelectasis.

Scientific evidence

Quasi-static P/V curve

  • The P/V Tool is equivalent to the CPAP method for tracing static PV curves of the respiratory system (Piacentini 2009).
  • Survival is higher in patients with protective ventilation, including PEEP set based on LIP, than conventional ventilation (Amato 1998).
  • In ARDS patients, linear compliance of the respiratory system (Crs) is correlated with recruitability (Veillard-Baron 2003).
  • Hysteresis of the P/V curve can be used to assess the recruitability of the lung at the bedside (Demory 2008).

Recruitment maneuver by sustained inflation

  • In early ARDS it was possible to open the lung in the majority of patients (Borges 2006).
  • During sustained inflation, most of the recruitment ocurred during the first 10 seconds (Arnal 2011).

How the P/V Tool Pro works

P/V Tool Pro maneuvers can be performed without having to disconnect the breathing circuit or make changes to the mode or ventilator settings. Normal ventilation can be resumed at any time.

Quasi-static P/V curve

The P/V Tool Pro records the pressure volume relation of the lungs at low flow conditions (2 cmH2O/s). The breathing circuit is pressurized linearly to the operator-set pressure target. When the pressure reaches the target, pressure is reduced back to the starting pressure. The resulting curves can be used to analyze:

  • The lower inflection point of the inflation pressure/volume curve
  • The linear compliance of the inflation pressure/volume curve
  • The hysteresis (the difference in volume between the two curves)

Sustained inflation recruitment maneuver

The breathing circuit is pressurized linearly to the operator-set target pressure at the operator-set ramp speed, and the resulting volume changes are recorded. When the pressure reaches the target, an operator-set pause is executed. After the pause, pressure is released linearly to the operator-set end-PEEP level. The integration of the flow during the pause is the recruited volume.

Availability of the P/V Tool Pro

The P/V Tool Pro is available as an option on the HAMILTON-G5HAMILTON-C3, and HAMILTON-C6 mechanical ventilator and is a standard feature on the HAMILTON-S1.



P/V Tool brochure

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Operator's manuals & user guides

P/V Tool Pro quick reference card

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Operator's manuals & user guides

P/V Tool Pro user guide

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P/V curves bibliography

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Lung recruitment bibliography

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Arnal JM, Paquet J, Wysocki M, Demory D, Donati S, Granier I, Corno G, Durand-Gasselin J. Optimal duration of a sustained inflation recruitment maneuver in ARDS patients. Intensive Care Med. 2011 Oct;37(10):1588-94.

Borges JB, Okamoto VN, Matos GF, Caramez MP, Arantes PR, Barros F, Souza CE, Victorino JA, Kacmarek RM, Barbas CS, Carvalho CR, Amato MB. Reversibility of lung collapse and hypoxemia in early acute respiratory distress syndrome. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2006 Aug 1;174(3):268-78.

Demory D, Arnal JM, Wysocki M, Donati S, Granier I, Corno G, Durand-Gasselin J. Recruitability of the lung estimated by the pressure volume curve hysteresis in ARDS patients. Intensive Care Med. 2008 Nov;34(11):2019-25

Grasso S, Mascia L, Del Turco M, Malacarne P, Giunta F, Brochard L, Slutsky AS, Marco Ranieri V. Effects of recruiting maneuvers in patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome ventilated with protective ventilatory strategy. Anesthesiology. 2002 Apr;96(4):795-802. 

Piacentini E, Wysocki M, Blanch L. Intensive Care Med. A new automated method versus continuous positive airway pressure method for measuring pressure-volume curves in patients with acute lung injury. 2009 Mar;35(3):565-70

Talmor D, Sarge T, Malhotra A, O'Donnell CR, Ritz R, Lisbon A, Novack V, Loring SH. Mechanical ventilation guided by esophageal pressure in acute lung injury. N Engl J Med. 2008 Nov 13;359(20):2095-104

Vieillard-Baron A, Prin S, Chergui K, Page B, Beauchet A, Jardin F. Early patterns of static pressure-volume loops in ARDS and their relations with PEEP-induced recruitment. Intensive Care Med. 2003 Nov;29(11):1929-35

Villar J, Kacmarek RM, Pérez-Méndez L, Aguirre-Jaime A. A high positive end-expiratory pressure, low tidal volume ventilatory strategy improves outcome in persistent acute respiratory distress syndrome: a randomized, controlled trial. Crit Care Med. 2006 May;34(5):1311-8