bronchial blocker


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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.
See also: blocker
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The use of bronchial blockers for providing one-lung ventilation.
Pro: the new bronchial blockers are preferable to double-lumen tubes for lung isolation.
Operative lung constant positive airway pressure with the Univent bronchial blocker tube.
For the Coopdech, Arndt or the Univent blockers, suction was attached to the fibreoptic bronchoscope if there was no lung collapse: during that time, the bronchial blocker cuff was deflated, ventilation stopped and after bronchial suction was performed, the bronchial blocker cuff was re-inflated.
It is important to be aware that a bronchial blocker that dislodges into the trachea can completely occlude the airway (25).
The section also contains practical guidance for the selection of double-lumen tubes and bronchial blockers, as well as trouble-shooting algorithms for the difficulties which can arise.
Since performing our audit, we have introduced the use of bronchial blockers.