Year : 2011  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 438-439

Application of indigenous continuous positive airway pressure during one lung ventilation for thoracic surgery

Department of Neuroanaesthesiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

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Girija Prasad Rath
Department of Neuroanaesthesiology, Neurosciences Center, 6th Floor/Room No. 9, A.I.I.M.S., New Delhi - 110 029
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DOI: 10.4103/1658-354X.87279

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During one lung ventilation (OLV) hypoxemia may occur due to ventilation-perfusion mismatch. It can be prevented with application of ventilation strategy that prevents atelectasis while minimally impairing perfusion of the dependant lung. Here, two cases are reported who required OLV and in whom hypoxemia could be prevented with the application of continuous positive airway pressure to the deflated or non-dependant lung, using an indigenous technique. We suggest use of this technique which is easy to be employed during the intraoperative period.

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