Researchers are examining Medtronic’s novel design for its Shiley evac subglottic tracheostomy tube, which features a lateral suction port.
U. Borg; C. Cobb RRT; and K. Bull MSN EdD, RN; Department of Clinical and Medical Affairs. Medtronic
Patients who are under mechanical ventilation can get infected if secretions build up on the tracheal tube cuff. Thus, proper removal of these upper airway secretions — while limiting tracheal injuries — is critical to patient outcomes.
The Shiley evac subglottic Tracheostomy Tube with TaperGuard Technology, a new Medtronic product, features a suction port above the cuff that allows secretions to be evacuated. The suction port is located in the tube’s lateral wall.
In a preclinical animal model, researchers sought to characterize the product’s suction performance and potential for tracheal wall injuries during mechanical ventilation.
You can read the results here.