Special Airway Devices for Thoracic Anesthesia: CPAP, PEEP, and Airway Exchange Catheters

  • Sarah H. Wiser


Treatment of hypoxemia during OLV and tube exchanges between single and double lumen tubes are situations unique to thoracic anesthesia which require special airway devices. This ­chapter focuses on technical aspects of the following devices


CPAP PEEP Airway Exchange Catheters Positive End-Expiratory Pressure Tube Exchange Catheters Continuous Positive Airway Pressure 

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Further Suggested Reading

  1. Hogue CW. Effectiveness of low levels of non-ventilated lung CPAP in improving arterial oxygenation during one-lung ventilation. Anesth Analg. 1994;79:364–7.PubMedGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sarah H. Wiser
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  1. 1.Department of Anaesthesiology, Perioperative, and Pain MedicineBrigham and Women’s HospitalBostonUSA

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