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Lung Recruitment During General Anaesthesia

As Your Specialist in Acute Care, we understand that most patients who undergo a surgical intervention under general anaesthetic develop atelectasis in the dependent areas of the lung, potentially resulting in postoperative pulmonary complications. Recruitment manoeuvres can resolve atelectasis and thus mitigate the risk of complications. Although recruitment is therefore an important clinical procedure, patients need to be monitored closely to identify adverse effects and to take respective measures.

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

For many anaesthetists, alveolar recruitment manoeuvres (RMs) are a routine procedure in general anaesthesia, even though they are not yet generally recommended in existing guidelines. Recommendations from literature are scarce and strong evidence appears to be unavailable. Is a one-step RM using the manual anaesthesia bag appropriate or should this be better performed by the anaesthesia 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 yet, but well-recognised principles and a point of orientation can be identified.

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

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Whitepaper: Intraoperative recruitment manoeuvres

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.

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Technology Insights: lung recruitment

This paper will provide you with valuable information on how our technology supports you in deploying recruitment manoeuvres during general anaesthesia.

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Infographic: Atelectasis in general anaesthesia

Almost every surgical patient is at risk for atelectasis. Our infographic illustrates the relationships between atelectasis, recruitment manoeuvres and PEEP.

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Advanced Ventilation Techniques

Advanced Ventilation Techniques session at ANZCA hosted by Dr Chris Thompson, Specialist Anaesthetist from Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

Perseus A500-Lung recruitment

The innovative lung recruitment function of Perseus A500 can support the anaesthetist to perform a safe, effective, and assessable manoeuver that can be easily used and adapted to the individual patient’s needs.

Open the lung safely and gently because it matters

The innovative lung recruitment function of the Perseus A500 comprises two commonly used methods to open collapsed alveoli.

Less complexity, more intuitive functionality

Together with comprehensive patient monitoring capabilities, these lung recruitment functions can support the anaesthetist to perform a safe, effective, and assessable manoeuver that can be easily used and adapted to the individual patient’s needs.

Empowered with tools, to improve outcome

Perseus A500’s outstanding ventilation performance has been even further improved with key ICU ventilation techniques to incorporate- lung protective strategies in the OR.

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