Since the Oxylog series bagan in 1976 there have been many developments in mobile or transport ventilation. For the most part in EDs, we use Oxylogs or transport style ventilators.
The operation of these needs to be simple, robust and transportable as for the most part patients do not stay or get extubated in the ED.
The Oxylog 2000 was produced in 1993, the original Oxylog upgraded to the Oxylog 1000 in 1997 and then the Oxylog 3000 series was born in 2003 with a number of ventilation options and waveform viewing of ventilation. The Oxylog 3000 plus adds capnography to this.
The history of Drager pulmotors and Oxylogs can be viewed here if thats what you like.
How to Use the Oxylog
Maybe what you need is a start to finish refresher on how to use one. We are focused on the 3000 and 3000 plus series as these populate the majority of EDs.
We recommend starting with this video which is not so much about ventilation but more about how to turn the machine on and what it looks like.
Next, have a look at these links for varying degrees of info on ventilation strategies held in LITFL and EDteaching.
Click here for links to Charles Gairdner ventilator strategies (prepared by Dr George Douros):
- Pressure Controlled Ventilation - Guide for Draeger Oxylog 3000 plus
- Volume Controlled Ventilation - Guide for Draeger Oxylog 3000 plus
Finally, the Drager simulator is amusing - for a few seconds. Happy ventilating.
Further references and resources
Life In The Fast Lane - Still owning the Oxylog...NIV