A low tidal volume during a videolaparascopic surgery, what to do?
Last update: Monday, 27 Jul 2015 at 18:28
A 50-year-old patient was admitted to the hospital and submitted to a videolaparascopic surgery for cholecystectomy. Anaesthesia and intubation were performed with no problems. Right after the pneumoperitoneum induction, the low VT alarm of the ventilator was activated. The VT was reduced from 500ml to 300ml.
The patient was on pressure controlled ventilation mode (PCV) with an inspiratory time of 1.0s.
The ventilator curves correspondents to this episode are shown below.
Which intervention should be done immediately?
a) Switch the ventilatory mode to Volume Controlled (VCV)
b) Raise the applied pressure above PEEP
c) Aspirate the endotracheal tube
d) Increase the inspiratory time
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