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Lung Recruitment During General Anesthesia

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Lung Recruitment Maneuver

Most patients who receive surgical intervention under general anesthetic develop atelectasis in the dependent areas of the lung, potentially resulting in postoperative pulmonary complications. Lung recruitment maneuvers can resolve atelectasis and thus mitigate the risk of complications. Although recruitment is an important clinical procedure, patients need to be monitored closely to identify adverse effects and to ensure respective measures are taken.

Discover interesting background information on the current discussion about lung recruitment during general anesthesia in our clinical whitepaper. In addition, read the Technology Insights paper to learn how technology can support effective recruitment maneuvers.

What is the current state of the discussion about lung recruitment during anesthesia?

For many anesthetists, alveolar recruitment maneuvers (RMs) are a routine procedure in general anesthesia, even though they are not generally recommended in existing guidelines. Recommendations from literature are scarce and strong evidence is unavailable. Is a one-step RM using the manual anesthesia bag appropriate or should this be better performed by the anesthesia machine? Is a multi-step RM advantageous with respect to lung protection or recruitment success? What are the risks associated with RM? What are the right pressures to recruit lungs? Not all questions have been answered by clinical research, but well-recognized principles and a point of orientation can be identified.

Useful resources

Intraoperative recruitment maneuvers white paper

Whitepaper: Intraoperative recruitment maneuvers

The when and how of intraoperative lung recruitment is a matter of controversy. Learn more about this topic: Our whitepaper sheds some light on the current state of this discussion.


Lung recruitment maneuver anesthesia technology insights

Technology Insights: Lung recruitment

This paper provides you with valuable information on how our technology supports you in deploying recruitment maneuvers during general anesthesia.


Dräger Lunch Symposium at Euroanaesthesia 2017

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Session 1: Prof. Dr. Emmanuel Futier (Clermont-Ferrand, France)

Current Status of Protective Ventilation in the OR

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Session 2: Dr. Steffen Wirth (Freiburg, Germany)

Lung Recruitment during Perioperative Mechanical Ventilation

Advanced Ventilation Techniques

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Practical workshop: Advanced ventilation techniques session at ANZCA

Lecture by Dr. Chris Thompson (Sydney, Australia)

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