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Wake Forest Innovations
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.
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.
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.
• Direct visualization maintained throughout tube placement
• Enables easy, stable and quick tube exchange
• User friendly
• Inexpensive to produce
Hudes ET, Fisher JA, Guslitz B. Difficult Endotracheal Reintubations: A simple technique. Anesthesiology 1986;64:515-17.
Michael A. Olympio, MD
• Endotracheal tubes
• Mechanical ventilation
Type of Business Relationship Sought
Exclusive Licensing Arrangement
Possibility of a Development Partner
Last Updated Mar 2014