Maintaining adequate oxygenation is a peri-operative challenge.
Difficult tracheal intubations with multiple laryngoscopy-hypoxia-reoxygenation cycles can lead to a “can’t intubate, can’t ventilate” scenario.
Post-operative pulmonary complications
Anaesthesia may adversely affect the lungs’ defence mechanisms impairing the ability to cough and suppressing mucociliary clearance. Post-operative pulmonary complications (PPC) are linked to increased length of stay and mortality.
Cardiac, thoracic and abdominal surgery present the highest risk of PPC.(1)
On POINT with Armstrong Medical
With 30 years experience in airway management & respiratory consumables Armstrong Medical’s POINT range provides three levels of respiratory support;
Nasal High Flow (NHF)
Combined NHF and PEP
High flow CPAP
Both the MaxVenturiTM 120 and FD140 are ideal for NHF, difficult airway and post-operative applications.
(1)Canet J et al, Predication of postoperative pulmonary complications in a population – based surgical cohort. Anaesthesiology,(2010) 113 1-6 A.Patel S.A.R Nouaei, Transnasal Humidified Rapid insufflation Ventilatory exchange (THRIVE): a physiological method of increasing apnoea time in patients with difficult airways, Anesthesia 70, 323-329 (2015).