Venous air embolism in swine : transport of gas bubbles through the pulmonary circulation

  title={Venous air embolism in swine : transport of gas bubbles through the pulmonary circulation},
  author={Anne Vik and Alf O. Brubakk and Terrence Hennessy and Bj\orn Munro Jenssen and Marc Ekker and Stig Arild Sl\ordahl},
  journal={Journal of applied physiology},
  volume={69 1},
The assumption that the lung is an effective filter for gas bubbles is of importance for certain occupations (e.g., divers, astronauts) as well as in the accomplishment of several medical procedures. The filtering capacity was tested in pigs by use of continuous air infusion into the right ventricle and a transesophageal echocardiographic transducer for detection of air in the left atrium. Twenty pigs, anesthetized with pentobarbital sodium and mechanically ventilated, were divided into groups… CONTINUE READING
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