A prospective algorithm for the management of air leaks after pulmonary resection.

@article{Cerfolio1998APA,
  title={A prospective algorithm for the management of air leaks after pulmonary resection.},
  author={Robert James Cerfolio and R Tummala and William L. Holman and George L Trip Zorn and James K. Kirklin and David C McGiffin and David C. Naftel and Albert D. Pacifico},
  journal={The Annals of thoracic surgery},
  year={1998},
  volume={66 5},
  pages={1726-31}
}
BACKGROUND Air leaks (ALs) are a common complication after pulmonary resection, yet there is no consensus on their management. METHODS An algorithm for the management of chest tubes (CT) and ALs was applied prospectively to 101 consecutive patients who underwent elective pulmonary resection. Air leaks were graded daily as forced expiratory only, expiratory only, inspiratory only, or continuous. All CTs were kept on 20 cm of suction until postoperative day 2 and were then converted to water… CONTINUE READING

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