Use of non-partitioned ventilator tubing results in dead-space ventilation hypercarbia

Bassem O. Asaad, Mohammad Helwani, David M. Wheeler, Michael S. O'Connor

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Abstract

We present a case of severe postoperative hypercarbia in a patient with severe COPD. Hypercarbia and respiratory acidosis continued to increase despite maximal ventilation, bronchodilator therapy, sedation, and paralysis. Mistaken use of non-partitioned ventilator circuit was the cause of the hypercarbia. The ventilator's self-test function failed to detect the error. We changed to a partitioned-lumen circuit, with much less ventilation dead space, and the hypercarbia resolved immediately.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)698-701
Number of pages4
JournalRespiratory care
Volume56
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • COPD
  • Dead space
  • Hypercarbia
  • P
  • Partitioned-lumen ventilator tubing

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