Endotracheal Tube Exchanger
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The endotracheal tube exchanger, in conjunction with a fiber optic bronchoscope, allows a physician to directly visualize the internal airway as an old tube is cut and removed, allowing a new endotracheal tube to slide into place quickly and accurately.
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Value Proposition

The number of critically ill patients requiring mechanical ventilation continues to increase with the aging of the U.S. population. Endotracheal tubes, lifesaving devices to facilitate mechanical ventilation, may need to be exchanged in patients in cases of tube malfunction or prolonged time on the ventilator. Current devices to facilitate exchanging endotracheal tubes are limited in visual scope and stability of use, and safer, more effective devices are needed to perform this procedure.

Invention Summary

The endotracheal tube exchanger, used in conjunction with a fiber optic bronchoscope, allows a physician to directly visualize the internal airway as an old tube is cut and removed, allowing a new endotracheal tube to slide into place quickly and accurately. The disposable device includes a slicing tool and oral stabilizer that securely fastens the fiber optic scope and protects the patient's mouth during tube exchange.

Competitive Benefits

Direct visualization maintained throughout tube placement

Enables easy, stable and quick tube exchange

User friendly

Disposable

Inexpensive to produce

Publications

Hudes ET, Fisher JA, Guslitz B. Difficult Endotracheal Reintubations: A simple technique. Anesthesiology 1986;64:515-17.

Development Status

Prototype developed

Inventor

Michael A. Olympio, MD

Key Words

Endotracheal tubes

Mechanical ventilation
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Possibility of a Development Partner
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Last Updated Mar 2014
Technology Type
Phase of Development PRECLINICAL
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