Respiratory Therapy Devices

  • David A. Silver


Specialized respiratory therapy devices are crucial to the perioperative care of the thoracic surgery patient. Some, such as continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) attachments for double-lumen endotracheal tubes, described elsewhere, are used primarily in the operating room (OR). Others, such as the INOmax DS™ nitric oxide delivery system, described below, may be initiated in the OR but continued in the intensive care unit (ICU) for hours to days postoperatively. Many specialized pieces of equipment, such as the “thoracic walker,” are used exclusively in the postoperative period and are critical to the successful postoperative recovery of the thoracic surgery patient.


Nasal cannula Venturi mask Simple face mask Nonrebreather High-flow O2 mask ETT Noninvasive positive pressure ventilation Thoracic walker INOmax DS Flolan 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • David A. Silver
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  1. 1.Department of Anaesthesiology, Perioperative, and Pain MedicineBrigham and Women’s HospitalBostonUSA

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