In this trial of ventilated patients, those that were randomized to a BNP-guided diuretic regimen had better diuresis and shorter time on the ventilator (by about a half a day) but no difference in length of stay or mortality (compared to usual care). This appears to be a feasible and effective strategy to reduce ventilator time during weaning (abstract).
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.