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Anaesthetic management in a patient requiring one lung ventilation during COVID-19 pandemic
  1. Ming Kai Teah1,
  2. Kent Yoon Yap2,
  3. Abdul Jabbar Ismail2 and
  4. Tat Boon Yeap3
  1. 1Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Unit, Hospital Queen Elizabeth, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
  2. 2Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Unit, Hospital Queen Elizabeth 2, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
  3. 3Medicine Based Disciplines Department, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Tat Boon Yeap; boontat{at}


Placement of a double-lumen tube to achieve one lung ventilation is an aerosol-generating procedure. Performing it on a patient with COVID-19 will put healthcare workers at high risk of contracting the disease. We herein report a case of its use in a patient with traumatic diaphragmatic rupture, who was also suspected to have COVID-19. This article aims to highlight the issues, it presented and ways to address them as well as the perioperative impact of personal protective equipment.

  • anaesthesia
  • COVID-19
  • general surgery
  • gastrointestinal surgery

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  • Contributors AJI and KYY were the managing anaesthetist for this patient.TBY Tat and MKI were coauthors for this manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.