Clinical Investigation

Automatic Ventilator (Surevent™) Use For The Transport Of The Patients Who Had Undergone Open Heart Surgery

  • Halil Çiçek
  • Nil Kaan
  • Metin Öztürk
  • İbrahim Kurt
  • Feray Gürsoy

Received Date: 05.01.2011 Accepted Date: 02.03.2011 Meandros Med Dent J 2011;12(1):11-15

PURPOSE:

To investigate whether Surevent™ automatic ventilator could be safely used or not for the transport of the patients who had undergone open heart surgery to intensive care unit (ICU) and to compare this equipment with manual ventilator (Ambu® Resusitator Mark III).

MATERIALS and METHODS:

The study included 50 patients greater than 18 years old, that would be transported intubated to ICU after open heart surgery. The patients were randomized to two groups according to the ventilation method that would be used during the transport as, the patients that would be transported with manuel ventilation (Group BV, n= 25) or Surevent™ automatic ventilator (Group SV, n= 25). Arterial blood gas testing was performed three times for each patient before the transport to the ICU (T0), after the transport to the ICU (T1), at 20 minutes after the transport to the ICU (T2). Hemodynamic variables were recorded at the same time periods.

RESULTS:

While there were no significant differences between the two groups according to PaO2 values measured during the preoperative and before the transport, the PaO2 values of group SV was significantly greater than group BV postoperatively after the transport to the ICU (p= 0.002). PaO2 values at 20 minutes after the transport to the ICU were not different between the two groups. There were no significant differences between the two groups in the hemodynamics variables.

CONCLUSION:

Sureventautomatic ventilator can be used for a short period for the transport of the patients after open heart surgery and we observed no significant difference when compared with manual ventilation.

Keywords: Open heart surgery, patient transport, Surevent™ automatic ventilator, manual ventilation, bag valve