Lung isolation during port-access cardiac surgery: double-lumen endotracheal tube versus single-lumen endotracheal tube with a bronchial blocker
Alternatively, the single-lumen tube can remain in situ and lung separation achieved with an independent bronchial blocker
Teleflex Incorporated (NYSE:TFX), a leading global provider of medical devices for critical care and surgery, announced it has acquired the EZ-Blocker(TM) disposable catheter product line with a unique bifurcated distal end, a novel and patented bronchial blocker
for lung isolation and one-lung ventilation.
It is important to be aware that a bronchial blocker
that dislodges into the trachea can completely occlude the airway (25).
The section also contains practical guidance for the selection of double-lumen tubes and bronchial blockers
, as well as trouble-shooting algorithms for the difficulties which can arise.
Since performing our audit, we have introduced the use of bronchial blockers