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October 1932

OXYGEN TENT IN POSTBRONCHOSCOPIC CARE OF CHILDREN

Author Affiliations

CHARLOTTE, N. C.
From the Charlotte Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital. Oxygen Therapy by Dr. S. W. Davis.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1932;16(4):526-531. doi:10.1001/archotol.1932.00630040538006
Abstract

We have been able to find only one reference to oxygen therapy in postbronchoscopic complications in children.1 This article, from the Mayo Clinic, dealt with the use of the oxygen room. We wish to call attention to the use of the oxygen tent in hospitals without such rooms.

A Roth-Barach tent was used. This gives continuous, motor-driven, ice-cooled oxygen through soda lime at an easily controlled temperature and concentration. We have used it postbronchoscopically in a few children in whom complications arose.

Jackson long ago emphasized that the sine qua non for a pleasant aftermath of bronchoscopy in a small child are gentleness, skill, a short working time and teamwork. Granting that all these fundamentals exist, a postbronchoscopic laryngeal edema, particularly of the subglottic type, occasionally occurs in the most experienced hands.

The cardinal signs and symptoms of dangerous obstruction to the airway have been too often stressed by

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