Push endotracheal tubes in place the simple way
You can live weeks without eating, days without drinking but you will die in 3 minutes if you stop breathing.
In an emergency, if you stop breathing, a doctor will try to help you. The process of assisting in breathing is called managing airways and it is a critical part of medicine.
Maintaining or establishing an airway is the job of an anesthesiologist but is sometimes done by emergency doctors or even by an emergency medical technician (EMT).
Airway management usually involves the placement of a breathing tube (also called an endotracheal tube). Airway management is routine part of general anesthesia during surgery but is also involved trauma or other emergency situations.
Dr. Boedeker invented a new device that will make placing endotracheal tubes easier.
One common way to place an endotracheal tube is through a laryngeal mask airway (also know as an LMA). An LMA can be placed through a patient’s mouth to create a seal around the patient’s airway, which protects it from trauma, the patient’s body fluids or other potential blockages. The LMA is not a preferred way to maintain the airway, it just protects the airway and facilitates placement of the endotracheal tube.
Dr. Boedeker’s invention is a rod to push the endotracheal tube into place. Currently, when placing the endotracheal tube through the LMA, the patient does not receive any air. The placement of the endotracheal tube needs to happen quickly or else the patient could die. Dr. Boedeker’s rod has a channel through the middle and a specially designed tip to allow air to pass through the rod and into the endotracheal tube.
The ventilating push rod is a practical solution to a critical problem—keeping sedated patients breathing. It will make placement of the endotracheal tube through an LMA much easier and give the doctors more time.
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