Role of the interventional pulmonologist in the intensive care unit.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Interventional pulmonology is a new field within the pulmonary and critical care medicine specialty with a focus on invasive diagnostic and therapeutic modalities in airway and pleural disorders. The interventional pulmonologist is highly qualified to take a prominent role in the intensive care unit in a consultative fashion to provide assistance with pleural procedures, establishment and care of artificial airways, and management of patients with respiratory failure attributable to structural central airway disorders. The presence of a dedicated operator with advanced skills facilitates access to specialized procedures in an expeditious and safe manner. Clear communication between the interventional pulmonologist and intensivist is vital to ensure a collaborative effort that delivers optimal patient care.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wahidi, MM; Ernst, A

Published Date

  • 2005

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 20 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 141 - 146

PubMed ID

  • 15888901

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0885-0666

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/0885066605275250


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States