Health Systems & Services Research | Technology & Monitoring in Anesthesiology
A novel method to detect accidental oesophageal intubation based on ventilation pressure waveforms
AF Kalmar*, Michel MRF Struys, Koenraad G Monsieurs
*Corresponding author: AF Kalmar
Anaesthesiology, University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG), Groningen, Netherlands
F1000Posters 2013, 4: 77 (poster) [English]
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Euroanaesthesia 2010, 12 - 15 Jun 2010, P000
University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG)
Emergency prehospital intubation may result in accidental oesophageal intubation in up to 17% of patients, causing significant morbidity and mortality. The aim of our study was to develop a method of differentiating oesophageal from tracheal intubation based on ventilation pressure profiles.
This new method of detecting oesophageal intubation with high adequacy relies on the difference in compliance of lungs/chest and the oesophagus. The technology can be easily integrated in mechanical ventilators or developed as a stand-alone device.
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