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Effect of lateral positioning on the bronchial cuff pressure of a left-sided double-lumen endotracheal tube during thoracic surgery: study protocol for a prospective observational study.

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Summary of "Effect of lateral positioning on the bronchial cuff pressure of a left-sided double-lumen endotracheal tube during thoracic surgery: study protocol for a prospective observational study."

Correct pressure is important when using a double-lumen endotracheal tube (DLT), especially in thoracic surgery. An inadequate bronchial cuff pressure (BCP) can cause air leak and interfere with visualisation of the surgical field, whereas an excessive pressure BCP can lead to cuff-related complications. Based on several reports that cuff pressure could alter after a positional change when using an endotracheal tube, we hypothesise that a change from the supine position to the lateral decubitus position, which is essential for thoracic surgery, would affect the BCP of the DLT.

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Name: BMJ open
ISSN: 2044-6055
Pages: e026606

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