Insertion of a Sengstaken–Blakemore tube in critical care 74
Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy 76
Nasojejunal feeding in critical care patients 78
The Sengstaken–Blakemore tube is very effective at controlling torrential bleeding from oesophago-gastric varices. Its use is associated with serious complications such as oesophageal ulceration, oesophageal perforation and aspiration pneumonia in 15–20% of cases. Up to 50% of patients will re-bleed once the balloon is deflated. so its primary function is to control bleeding initially prior to further definitive treatment....
Chapter. 4386 words. Illustrated.
Subjects: Critical Care
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