Situations in which independent lung ventilation may be of use include massive hemoptysis, pulmonary alveolar proteinosis, risk of interbronchial aspiration, unilateral lung injury, single lung transplant, and BPF. Any decision to attempt independent lung ventilation should take into consideration the many technical difficulties associated with the procedure. They include difficulties in the placement of DLTs and monitoring tube position, the risk of tube displacement, and the risk of airway trauma. The clinician also must consider the costs in terms of available manpower and resources. Maintaining a patient on independent lung ventilation requires highly skilled nursing care, specialized monitoring devices, and readily available FOB. Even with these limitations, independent lung ventilation may be of use in certain clinical situations when standard methods have failed.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine