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Failure to ventilate with supraglottic airways after drowning.
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PMID:  21823389     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
We report the failure of an i-gel and an Ambu AuraOnce supraglottic airway to ventilate a drowning victim. Failure was attributed to changes in lung physiology following submersion and inhalation of water that may have required ventilation pressures up to 40 cmH2O to treat the victim's hypoxaemia. The ease of use and rapid insertion of supraglottic airways without interrupting cardiac compression has prompted recommendations for their use during resuscitation. The relatively low leak pressures attainable from many supraglottic airways, however may cause inadequate lung ventilation and entrainment of air into the stomach when these devices are used in drowning victims.
P A Baker; J B Webber
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Anaesthesia and intensive care     Volume:  39     ISSN:  0310-057X     ISO Abbreviation:  Anaesth Intensive Care     Publication Date:  2011 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-08-09     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0342017     Medline TA:  Anaesth Intensive Care     Country:  Australia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  675-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Anaesthesiology, The University of Auckland, Auckland City Hospital and Starship Children's Health, Auckland, New Zealand.
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