Revista Brasileira de Anestesiologia
Print version ISSN 0034-7094
GODOY, Armando Carlos Franco de. Failure of self-inflating manual resuscitator due to the presence of dried pulmonary secretions. Rev. Bras. Anestesiol. [online]. 2011, vol.61, n.3, pp. 353-354. ISSN 0034-7094. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-70942011000300010.
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Self-inflating manual resuscitators (SIMR) are devices used to ventilate patients with ventilatory needs. These devices consist of a set of valves that work sequentially, and changes in their function may be harmful to patients. CASE REPORT: During the use of SIMR, it was observed that the valve remained fixed due to the presence of dried pulmonary secretion, which made it impossible to ventilate the patient, but not manipulate the compressible unit. CONCLUSIONS: This situation reaffirms that the resuscitator is a device that should be used by trained professionals because, although changes in functioning are rare, they can be potentially fatal.
Keywords : Respiration, Artificial; Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation; Equipment Failure Analysis; Pulmonary Edema.