Jhaymie Cappiello, a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Respiratory Care, and Trevor Lee, a 2018 alum of the Bachelors of Science in Respiratory Care program and current Master of Science in Respiratory Care student, worked with contributors from the Duke University School of Medicine to publish an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association Surgery.
The article, “Inhaled Pulmonary Vasodilator Therapy in Adult Lung Transplant: A Randomized Clinical Trial,” reports on outcomes for 201 lung transplant patients treated with either inhaled nitric oxide or inhaled epoprostenol, a cost saving alternative. This was the largest clinical trial of these agents to date. It found no significant differences in outcomes.
Respiratory care plays a pivotal role in the delivery and management of inhaled pulmonary vasodilator therapy. This multidisciplinary team project highlighted the importance of respiratory care in major clinical trials.