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High-flow oxygen for children's airway surgery: randomised controlled trial protocol (HAMSTER)

Susan Humphreys, Britta Sylvia von Ungern-Sternberg, Justin Skowno, Tara Williams, Julia Taylor, Fiona Taverner, Kristen Gibbons, Laura Burgoyne, David Sommerfield, Philip Stephens, Ben Hallett, Shyan Vijayasekaran, Nicola Slee, Hannah Burns, Marcin Sowa, Andrew Davidson, Andreas Schibler

BMJ Open | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2019


INTRODUCTION: Hypoxaemia during anaesthesia for tubeless upper airway surgery in children with abnormal airways is common due to the complexity of balancing adequate depth of anaesthesia with maintenance of spontaneous breathing and providing an uninterrupted field of view of the upper airway for the surgeon. High-flow nasal oxygenation (HIGH-FLOW) can prolong safe apnoea time and be used in children with abnormal airways but to date has not been compared with the alternative technique of low-flow nasal oxygenation (LOW-FLOW). The aim is to investigate if use of HIGH-FLOW can reduce the number of hypoxaemic events requiring rescue oxygenation compared with LOW-FLOW. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: Hig..

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