Respiratory Therapy Devices
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.