Management of retained secretion and atelectasis
One of the most common uses of bronchoscopy in the ICU is management of retained secretions and atelectasis.
Although not a first choice therapy for routine pulmonary toilet, bronchoscopy is often considered in cases of acute lobar collapse or acute atelectasis involving more than one lung segment. Visual guidance using a bronchoscope is often recommended as this ensures an efficient and safe removal of secretion without the risk of damaging the bronchial mucosa.1
Efficient suction capacity for secretion management
With a suctioning channel diameter of up to 2.8 mm, aScope 3 Large is the ideal alternative to reusable bronchoscopes for secretion management.
Suctioned breakfast out of a man who aspirated last week with great delight!! Channel worked a treat and filled a canister with large solid chunks in no time effortlessly!!
- aScope customer in Western Australia
6 reasons ICUs need single-use bronchoscopes
Not having access to an immediately-available flexible scope can have tragic consequences.2 Immediate accessibility, guaranteed sterility, and fast set-up make aScope 3 ideal for bedside procedures in the ICU.
- A. Ernst, Introduction to Bronchoscopy, Chapter 12, pp. 115-123, Jed A. Gorden, Bronchoscopy in the intensive care unit, Cambridge Medicine, 2009
- Cook TM, et al. Major complications of airway management in the UK: results of the Fourth National Audit Project of the Royal College of Anesthetists and the Difficult Airway Society. Part 2 Intensive Care and Emergency Department. Br J Anaesth. 2011;106:632-42.