Inefficient airway management is causing major problems

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Removing secretions from the airways of invasive ventilated patients is critical, and today the subglottic suction port technology to remove secretions above the cuff, and the open or closed suctioning catheter to remove below the cuff, are the technologies most used. Regardless of the type, all technologies introduces many problems in critical care such as:

Inefficient secretion removal increases risk of lung infections (VAP).

The subglottic suctioning port can be used a few times to remove the secretions, but most often are the secretions so thick that the suctioning port is blocked and cannot be used without changing the endotracheal- or tracheostomy tube. And whether it be the open or closed suctioning catheter, neither technology can remove all the secretions below the cuff. Furthermore, the cuff pressure needs to be checked and maintained regularly to seal the airways and avoid subglottic aspirations. Often this is not the case and the combination of not removing all secretions and avoiding subglottic aspirations leads to lung infections.

​An extremely uncomfortable procedure for the patient.

The suctioning catheter inserted into the airways of the patients feels like having a “vacuum cleaner” inserted and is very traumatic and uncomfortable for the patient.

Excessive workload.

Even skilled and experiences nurses or respiratory therapists experience from time to time, that tracheal suctioning is required more often, which increases the workload. Some patients need their airways cleaned more frequently than others, and tracheal suctioning requires hands on and time to do.

 

In conclusion, the current technologies to remove secretion above and below the cuff are not very efficient, uncomfortable for the patient and requires a lot of work.

 

Therefore, Airway Technologies has developed TrachFlush – a device that removes secretions from the airways of invasive ventilated patients without the need for subglottic suctioning or suctioning catheters.