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The lung bases posteriorly represent areas often blind to the chest X-ray. It is essential to take trouble to auscultate these areas, especially for decreased air entry and bronchial breathing. Intrapulmonary shadows on a chest x-ray can be difﬁcult to interpret, but bronchial breath sounds will indicate that pneumonia is more likely than acute lung injury (ALI) or pulmonary oedema. Decreased air entry, indicating collapse and rhonchi, indicating the degree of bronchospasm, are important aspects in examining the respiratory system in the critically ill.
When not visualised radiographically, the carina can be expected to lie on a line corresponding to approximately halfway down the aortic knob. Neck ﬂexion and extension can cause the tip of the ETT to move up to 2 cm. g. increased ventilatory pressures or difﬁculty in breathing). Simply passing a suction catheter successfully through the lumen of a tube does not guarantee that it is not obstructed. Viscous secretions can cause a ball-valve effect as the catheter passes through it. Patients with haemoptysis are particularly prone to blocking their ETT.
Intensive Care Medicine 24 (1998): 860–3. Smith, G. and Nielsen, M. ABC of intensive care: criteria for admission. British Medical Journal 318 (1999): 1544–7. 3 Routine care of the seriously ill r The practice of good intensive care medicine is about the methodical appli- cation of basic routines. r ABC – Always maintain a good airway, ensure adequate oxygenation and rapidly correct hypovolaemia. r In a critically ill patient, one will miss more by not performing a thorough clinical examination than by under monitoring and under investigating.