Percutaneous transtracheal ventilation using a large gauge intravenoustype catheter can be used successfully in the setting of complete upper airway obstruction in animals. In this study, using a large animal model, satisfactory oxygenation and ventilation was achieved by inversely varying the catheter size and the inspiration to expiration ratio (I:E). Specifically, 30 to 63 kg ruminants with an obstructed upper airway were resuscitated for 30 minutes from a hypoxic, hypercarbic, and acidotic state using 12- and 14-gauge catheters connected to a 50 psl oxygen source via a two-way valve with an I:E of 1:4 and 1:9 seconds, respectively. Shorter expiratory time or increased inspiratory time with these intravenous catheters resulted in significant hemodynamic compromise, barotrauma, inadequate carbon dioxide elimination, acidemia, and frequent death.
- Percutaneous transtracheal ventilation
- inspiration: expiratory ratio
- upper airway obstruction
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Emergency Medicine