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.
THE PARKER FLEX-TIP ENDOTRACHEAL TUBES WERE DESIGNED TO HELP PREVENT TRAUMA TO THE AIRWAY
Designed by a critical care physician with 30 years of intubation experience, the Parker 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 Parker Flex-Tip comes in a wide range of shapes and sizes to accommodate a variety of pediatric and adult patients.
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