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High frequency oscillatory ventilation as the most appropriate treatment for life threatening thoracic trauma


1,Clinical Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Therapy University Medical Centre Ljubljana

DOI: 10.22514/SV71.042012.9 Vol.7,Issue 1,April 2012 pp.46-48

Published: 30 April 2012

*Corresponding Author(s): MICHAEL JOŽEF GRADIŠEK E-mail:


Acute respiratory failure is common in trauma patients and can be a threat to life in severe thoracic injury. We represent a case of severe respiratory failure after blunt thoracic injury with uncontrollable bleeding and massive air leak which was successfully managed with high frequency oscillatory ventilation. In our opinion high frequency oscillatory ventilation represent a safe and effective treatment of life threatening acute respiratory failure in trauma patients.


traumatic lung injury, hypoxemic respiratory failure, air leak, cardiac arrest

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MICHAEL JOŽEF GRADIŠEK,PRIMOŽ GRADIŠEK,BORIANA KREMŽAR. High frequency oscillatory ventilation as the most appropriate treatment for life threatening thoracic trauma. Signa Vitae. 2012. 7(1);46-48.


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