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bronchial blocker Abbreviation: BB
A device for facilitating single-lung ventilation during thoracic surgery or thoracoscopy. The bronchial blocker is placed into the mainstem bronchus on the side of the chest where the operation is being performed, and its balloon is inflated within the airway. Potential complications of the device include dislodgement, misplacement, or accumulation of fluid behind the blockade.
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Management of one lung ventilation with bronchial blocker
catheter for a patient with tracheobronchopathia osteochondroplastica].
In some cases, the bronchial blocker
of the Univent tube may be used as an introducer during the primary intubation8.
Added Vance, "We believe EZ-Blocker is the most innovative bronchial blocker
available and has the potential to improve patient outcomes during difficult procedures.
If a major bronchus is affected, then it is desirable to isolate the contralateral lung by endobronchial intubation of the unaffected bronchus with a cuffed tube, or if feasible, to use a double-lumen tube or a bronchial blocker