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  • Department of Anesthesiology, Emergency and Intensive Care Medicine, University of Göttingen, Germany (L.G.). gattinoniluciano@gmail.com
  • (Accepted for publication July 14, 2016.)
    (Accepted for publication July 14, 2016.)×
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Anesthesiology 11 2016, Vol.125, 1071-1072. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000001298
Anesthesiology 11 2016, Vol.125, 1071-1072. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000001298
We thank Dr. Samary and her colleagues for their interest in our article and for the data they provide supporting our thesis. The primary aim of our study was to prove whether the ventilator-related cause of ventilator-induced lung injury (VILI) is mechanical power. In our study,1  we found a VILI-threshold of 12 J/min in a group of healthy animals in which the baseline lung conditions were similar. This threshold value, obviously, strictly refers to an experimental set up in which the lung size, the lung-specific elastance, and the lung homogeneity2  were equal at baseline (the lung size and homogeneity, of course, changed during the experiment3 ).
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