Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://ahro.austin.org.au/austinjspui/handle/1/11518
Title: Massive air embolism from continuous venovenous haemofiltration causing electromechanical dissociation in a cardiac surgical patient.
Authors: Ku, Lisa;Weinberg, Laurence;Seevanayagam, Siven;Baldwin, Ian;Opdam, Helen Ingrid;Doolan, Laurie
Affiliation: Department of Anaesthesia, Austin Hospital, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.
Issue Date: 1-Jun-2012
Citation: Critical Care and Resuscitation : Journal of the Australasian Academy of Critical Care Medicine; 14(2): 154-8
Abstract: Venous air embolism is a rare but life-threatening complication of continuous venovenous haemofiltration. We report a case of massive venous air embolism associated with haemofiltration in a 75-year-old man after complicated cardiac surgery. Haemofiltration circuitry and air detector alarms are not infallible and air embolism should be considered in patients receiving such therapy who develop cardiopulmonary instability. We discuss our early intervention, which focused on restoration of the circulation, prevention of further air entry, retrieval of air and supportive care. The use of transoesophageal echocardiography for diagnosis of air embolism and to aid the insertion of a pulmonary artery catheter for air aspiration was essential for management.
Internal ID Number: 22697625
URI: http://ahro.austin.org.au/austinjspui/handle/1/11518
URL: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22697625
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Acute Kidney Injury.etiology.therapy
Aged
Coronary Artery Bypass.adverse effects
Embolism, Air.diagnosis.etiology.therapy
Hemofiltration.adverse effects
Humans
Male
Appears in Collections:Journal articles

Files in This Item:
There are no files associated with this item.


Items in AHRO are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.