Indexed on: 20 Dec '18Published on: 20 Dec '18Published in: Clinical Case Reports
Any gas will flow down the path of least resistance and highest compliance. This is a problem in the treatment of severe unilateral lung disease in the intensive care unit (ICU). Deep sedation interferes with the diaphragm's ability to distribute air into the lower lung. Spontaneous breathing in a conscious patient, in combination with mechanical ventilation via an endotracheal tube inserted into the left main stem bronchus, can recruit collapsed alveoli.