CASE REPORT
Year : 2012  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 69-72

Prone position for management of refractory hypoxaemia in a patient with single lung


1 Assistant Lecturer in Respiratory Therapy, Manipal College of Allied Health Sciences, Manipal, India
2 Postgraduate in Respiratory Therapy, Manipal College of Allied Health Sciences, Manipal, India
3 Senior Resident, Department of Medicine, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, Karnataka, India

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Sriharsha Tatineni
Assistant Lecturer in Respiratory Therapy, Manipal College of Allied Health Sciences, Manipal
India
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Prone position ventilation is widely used in treating patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and severe refractory hypoxaemia. However, its use in patients who have undergone pneumonectomy is rare. We report a 57-year-old woman, a case of right pneumonectomy, who later presented with left lung pneumonia. She was ventilated with conventional lung protective strategy to improve oxygenation. When unsuccessful, ventilation in prone position was carried out. This case report gives you a sequential representation of how she was treated successfully for severe refractory hypoxemia with prone position ventilation.


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