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VOLUME 25 , ISSUE 8 ( August, 2021 ) > List of Articles


Repackaging of Malfunctioning High-flow Nasal Cannula as a Rescue Oxygen Therapy: An Innovation amid COVID-19 Crisis

Keywords : Acute hypoxic respiratory failure, COVID-19, High-flow nasal cannula

Citation Information : Repackaging of Malfunctioning High-flow Nasal Cannula as a Rescue Oxygen Therapy: An Innovation amid COVID-19 Crisis. Indian J Crit Care Med 2021; 25 (8):948-949.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10071-23953

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 12-08-2021

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2021; The Author(s).


Oxygen supplementation is required for approximately 14% of the patients diagnosed of having COVID-19 infection. Despite the use of conventional oxygen therapy, 5% among these require treatment in the intensive care unit (ICU). Here, we are describing a situation in which oxygen therapy was delivered to the patients by making an assembly of oxygen tubing, three-way stopcock, and high-flow nasal cannula (HFNC) present in the hospital setting following the malfunction of air blender of HFNC machine (Fig. 1). This assembly might be useful as rescue oxygen therapy during a malfunction of HFNC machine and in resource-limited settings where HFNC machine is not available. The mechanisms of action could be (1) washout of anatomic dead space due to medium oxygen flow, (2) improved gas mixing in large airways, and (3) increased oxygen concentration inside the conducting airway.

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