A new controllable suction catheter is described which was used for blind cannulation of the main stem bronchi. Cannulation of the right main stem bronchus was successful in 24 of 25 attempts (96%). Cannulation of the left main stem bronchus was successful in 22 of 25 attempts (88%). The use of a controllable tip suction catheter increases the rate of successful cannulation of the left main stem bronchus compared to previous reports in the literature.
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- Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine