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    This Unique ETT Helps Prevent Traumatic Airway Collisions

    Endotracheal tubes (ETT) are commonly used to help secure airways during routine as well as unplanned and difficult intubations. Their use is relatively safe when used by trained clinicians, but there are risks associated with their use.

    In a 2017 case study1, a 46-year-old male was scheduled for a an anterior cervical corpectomy and fusion after being diagnosed with severe cervical myelopathy. An ETT was inserted with help of an introducer at the beginning of surgery. When the introducer was removed, however, the tip was blood stained, and a flow of blood rushed from the ETT.

    After multiple attempts to ventilate using other methods, endotracheal intubation was tried again and was successful, however there was still blood inside the ETT. Once bleeding was controlled, an emergency bronchoscopy revealed bleeding from the main bronchus.

    Trauma and airway collisions are risks with unplanned and difficult intubations, but there are devices on the market to help prevent complications with endotracheal intubation.


    Designed by a critical care physician with 30 years of intubation experience, the Flex-Tip Endotracheal Tubes from Salter Labs were engineered with an atraumatic flex-tip to reduce incidences of airway collisions. The tip closely hugs intubation guides, introducers and stylets to help provide a safe and easy insertion. The centered, rounded tip also helps prevent trauma to the airway while gliding along the airway anatomy.

    The Flex-Tip comes in a wide range of shapes and sizes to accommodate a variety of pediatric and adult patients.

    To learn more about the Flex-Tip Endotracheal Tubes, please email us or call 888-891-1200.

    MED Alliance Group is a medical device distributor with more than 350 years of combined medical device sales and distribution experience. Dedicated to meeting the needs of its clinical customers and manufacturing partners, MED Alliance offers cost-effective, customized sales, logistics, and distribution solutions for products found in anesthesia/respiratory, blood/transfusion therapy, EMS/emergency room, interventional radiology/cath lab, iv/vascular and NICU/PICU.

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    1 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5444226/

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