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Breathing passage occluder

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128200240 - RESPIRATORY METHOD OR DEVICE

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20130025602TRACHEAL TUBE POSITIONING DEVICES AND METHODS - Various embodiments of tracheal tube assemblies disclosed herein may include a tubular body having an open distal end for ventilating a patient and a cuff disposed around the tubular body above the open distal end. The cuff may be adapted to be inflated to seal the cuff against a wall of a trachea of the patient. The cuff may include a first portion that spaces the tubular body a first distance from the tracheal wall when inflated and a second portion that spaces the tubular body a second distance from the tracheal wall when inflated. The second distance may be greater than the first distance.01-31-2013
20130042872CUFFED MEDICAL TUBES - A cuffed silicone tracheostomy tube has two tapered recesses on its outer surface in which opposite ends of a resilient cuff are bonded using an adhesive or solvent. Two shallow ribs extend around the tube on the inner edge of each recess, projecting outwardly to prevent the adhesive or solvent spreading onto the inflatable portion of the cuff. The cuff has several shallow ribs extending around the cuff and spaced along its inflatable portion to promote even inflation.02-21-2013
20110203594DISPOSABLE LARYNGEAL MASK AIRWAY DEVICE - The disclosed laryngeal mask airway device includes a mask portion and an airway tube. The mask portion includes an inflatable cuff, which defines a central opening when the cuff is inflated. The airway tube defines an internal passage extending from a proximal end of the tube to a distal end of the tube. The airway tube further defines two or more tabs disposed near the distal end of the tube. The mask portion is coupled to the airway tube near the distal end of the airway tube, and the tabs extend from the airway tube into the central opening defined by the cuff when the cuff is inflated.08-25-2011
20090139530ARTIFICIAL AIRWAY INTERFACES AND METHODS THEREOF - Embodiments of the present invention provide a device, system and method for providing artificial airway interfaces for use in the treatment of respiratory conditions and in assisted respirations. In an embodiment of the invention, an artificial airway interface for a non-sealing respiratory gas delivery system that directs a jet of gas into the artificial airway is provided. In another embodiment, an artificial airway interface for a non-sealing respiratory gas delivery system that allows for conductance of pressurized respiratory gasses and at least one of a sensor and port for collecting at least one of data and respiratory gas samples is provided. The artificial airway interface can further include an outflow variable restrictor.06-04-2009
20080257357Dental laryngeal mask - The invention is a laryngeal mask and method for using such a mask. The laryngeal mask includes a dome, a cuff, and an air tube or passageway. The tube of the laryngeal mask device is capable of being temporarily folded, collapsed, or disconnected so that the portion of the tube passing between the teeth is repositioned to permit the teeth to close temporarily.10-23-2008
20120174929ARTIFICIAL AIRWAY - An artificial airway including: an airway tube including at least one airway conduit; an inflatable cuff mounted on a distal end of the tube; a support member extending into the cuff, the cuff having inner side walls, anterior walls and a posterior wall, the inner side walls being joined to the support member to define a recess which communicates with the airway conduit, the anterior walls and posterior wall, sealingly engaging, in use, about the glottic opening and posterior pharyngeal wall respectively of a patient.07-12-2012
20090038621Device and method for unilateral lung ventilation - A system for unilateral lung ventilation includes an endotracheal tube and a blocking device for blocking the bronchus of a non-ventilated lung to prevent a ventilation medium from entering the lung. The blocking device includes an inflatable member supported by a catheter having an inflation lumen for inflating the inflatable member. The catheter includes at least one lung treatment lumen for delivering a therapeutic agent to the non-ventilated lung. An inner channel within the main channel and a side branch provide a guideway for the blocking device within the tube. A valve may be included to close the side branch when the blocking device is removed from the inner channel for parallel flow of ventilating gas in the main and inner channels. A method of using the system provides for ventilation/perfusion (V/Q) matching by respectively delivering cooled air and nitric oxide to the non-ventilated and ventilated lungs.02-12-2009
20090159085Piezoelectric polymer cuff for use in an artificial airway - A medical device for insertion into a human body is provided. The medical device includes an inflation cuff composed of piezoelectric polymers. Upon inflation of the inflation cuff, the piezoelectric polymers of the inflation cuff exhibit an electrical potential. This electrical potential is measured and correlated to an inflation cuff pressure. The pressure of the inflation cuff is then adjusted, as necessary to prevent sustained underinflation or overinflation of the inflation cuff.06-25-2009
20130037035ENDOTRACHEAL CUFF AND TECHNIQUE FOR USING THE SAME - A multi-layer inflatable balloon cuff may be adapted to seal a patient's trachea when associated with an endotracheal tube. The outer layer and the inner layer of the balloon cuff may have different material properties that may enhance a cuff's mechanical pressure seal by reducing wrinkles or folds that may form against a patient's tracheal walls.02-14-2013
20100006103ENDOTRACHEAL-OXIMETER DEVICE, SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USING SAME - An endotracheal-oximeter device is presented which includes a flexible conduit having a pair of light emitters, a detector, a control circuit, a display unit and a power source attached to the conduit. The flexible conduit has an airway passing between an upper and lower end. The detector is mounted directly onto the conduit so that the detector is already optically aligned to receive the first and second EMF emissions from the pair of light emitters so as to produce a detector signal in response to the received first and second EMF emissions. The endotracheal-oximeter system includes an endotracheal tube and a monitoring station. The endotracheal tube of the system is composed of the flexible conduit having the pair of light emitters, the detector, the control circuit, the power source and a transmitter. The monitoring station of the system includes an antenna, a receiver circuit, and the display unit. The method of using includes the steps of activating, aligning, enabling, forcing, getting, inspecting, obtaining, securing and sliding.01-14-2010
20130098365METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PREVENTION OF SURGICAL FIRES - System and method for prevention of surgical fires inside a patient's airway. The system includes a specially adapted endotracheal tube which carries sublines (in addition to the main line carrying anesthetic gases) for carrying an air sample back from the distal end of the tube to a remote oxygen sensor. Upon the sensor sensing an undesirably or dangerously high level of oxygen within the patient's airway, the system operates alarms to alert the surgical personnel, and also operates a controllable valve to admit an inert gas into other sublines associated with the endotracheal tube and which deliver the inert fire suppressing gas to the distal end of the tube, proximal to the cuff, inside the patient's airway.04-25-2013
20090014009Toroidal endotracheal cuffs for ventilator associated pneumonia reduction - An airway ventilation device for insertion in an elongate body cavity is provided. The airway ventilation device includes an endotracheal tube and an inflation cuff. The inflation cuff is toroidal in shape and includes one or more recessed attachment zones which allow for movement of the endotracheal tube without breaking the seal between the inflation cuff and the elongate body cavity.01-15-2009
20090007920LARYNGEAL MASK AIRWAY DEVICE - A modified laryngeal mask airway device (LMA-device) is provided with means to improve ease of insertion, reliability of function and higher seal pressure (i.e., cuff pressure ratio). The LMA-device includes an indented section of the airway tube to offer locating means and purchase for the inserting finger, and extended mask aperture bars to increase the effective ventilating area of the mask and reduce the possibility of epiglottis displacement occasioned by mask insertion. The LMA-device further includes a modification of the airway tube angle of attachment to the mask, and provision of a posterior or back-cushion covering the entire posterior surface of the mask.01-08-2009
20120234328Larynx tube and method for the production thereof - A larynx tube (09-20-2012
20130160771ENDOTRACHEAL TUBE FOR MECHANICAL VENTILATION - The present invention relates generally to medical devices, methods, and kits. More particularly, the present invention relates to improved endotracheal tubes or patient ventilation tubes which prevent the leakage of proximal secretions to the distal airways.06-27-2013
20100154800ENDOTRACHEAL TUBE WITH SECURE COLOR-CODED CONNECTOR AND PACKAGING - An endotracheal tube system having an improved connector to provide a more secure connection to an endotracheal tube. In specific example embodiments, the connector is tapered, is spiraled, or provides threading to improve connection and prevent inadvertent detachment. In certain embodiments, the connector is colorized to correspond to an endotracheal tube size, and in an embodiment, specific packaging permits color to be visualized to aid in proper tube size selection.06-24-2010
20110277772 AIRWAY DEVICE - An airway device (11-17-2011
20100319704AIRWAY DEVICE - An airway device for human or animal use comprising an airway tube having a distal end and a proximal end, the distal end of which is surrounded by a laryngeal cuff, wherein the cuff is non-inflatable and is pre-formed in a shape such that a face region of the cuff is adapted to fit snugly over the laryngeal inlet of a patient, and wherein the external profile of the tube is substantially uniform between the distal end of the tube where it starts to meet the cuff and the proximal end of the tube, and wherein the face region of the cuff is formed from a material with a Shore hardness on the A scale of between 0 to 30.12-23-2010
20100012130TRACHEOSTOMY APPARATUS AND DEVICE - A device and a method for the percutaneous placement of a tracheostomy tube composed of a handle, an inflatable balloon having a reversed truncated cone shape, a tube to inflate the balloon and another to contain a wire guide, a plastic structure in the middle between the balloon and the handle made of laminar elements to strengthen the apparatus movements of the handle transmitted to the tube and the balloon. Following placement of the tracheal tube, the balloon is deflated and the apparatus or device withdrawn.01-21-2010
20110023890LARYNGEAL MASK - A device for maintaining an airway in a patient comprises mask having a peripheral portion that forms a seal with the larynx when the mask is positioned in the laryngo pharynx to thereby prevent ingress of extraneous fluids into the larynx airway tube connected to or formed with the mask for passing gas to the larynx when the mask is properly inserted into the laryngo pharynx. The peripheral portion of the mask includes a soft, flexible portion that contacts tissues surrounding the laryngeal opening when the device is inserted into a patient, the soft, flexible portion being arranged whereby application of pressurised gas to the airway tube urges the soft, flexible portion into contact with the tissues surrounding the laryngeal opening or the pharyngeal wall.02-03-2011
20110139159METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PREVENTING OCCLUSION OF A TRACHEAL TUBE SUCTION LUMEN - There is provided a medical tube lumen plug, comprising: a plug, comprising: a body configured to be mechanically coupled to a lumen of a medical tube; and a protrusion configured to extend external to the medical tube, wherein the protrusion is configured to prevent occlusion of an aperture, wherein the aperture is configured to provide a pathway between the lumen and a region external to the medical tube.06-16-2011
20120097169Resin Product For Medical Use And Respiration-Assisting Tube - Disclosed is a respiration-assisting tube whereby tissue damages in vivo can be prevented and, as a result, inflammatory reactions and infections can be avoided. The respiration-assisting tube is developed based on the finding that adhesion of cells to a respiration-assisting tube can be inhibited by coating the respiration-assisting tube with a polymer containing 2-methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorylcholine (MPC). Also, the respiration-assisting tube is developed based on the finding that, by coating a respiration-assisting tube with a polymer containing MPC, mucosa peeling and tissue damages, which occur after using the respiration-assisting tube, can be prevented and, as a result, inflammatory reactions can be avoided.04-26-2012
20120097168ENDOTRACHEAL TUBE WITH SUBGLOTTIC SECRETION SUCTION AND DETACHABLE SUCTION CONNECTION LINE - The present invention provides in some embodiments, an endotracheal tube with subglottic secretion suction and a detachable suction line. The endotracheal tube is an elongate tube having an outer wall defining an elongate central lumen and an elongate suction lumen. An inflatable cuff is attached near a distal end of the elongate tube. The shoulder of the inflatable cuff is inverted in order to increase the diameter of the cuff from its distal end to its proximal end. The endotracheal tube also includes a connector to couple the suction lumen to a source of suction to remove subglottic secretions from the area above the cuff.04-26-2012
20090101152High surface area anti-microbial coated endotracheal tube - The present invention provides a medical device such as an endotracheal tube or a tracheostomy tube having a distal inflation cuff and a high surface area structure disposed radially around the tube on a proximal side of the cuff. The high surface area structure includes an antimicrobial agent. The relatively higher surface area of the structure and radial extension thereof from the tube allows the antimicrobial agent to better extend into a secretion pool collected in the region around the intersection of the cuff and tube within a patient's trachea, so as to better prevent biofilms from forming and thereby prevent infections such as ventilator assisted pneumonia (VAP).04-23-2009
20120024294LARYNGEAL MASK AIRWAY DEVICE WITH AIRWAY TUBE HAVING FLATTENED OUTER CIRCUMFERENCE AND ELLIPTICAL INNER AIRWAY PASSAGE - The disclosed laryngeal mask airway device includes an inflatable cuff and an airway tube. The inflatable cuff defines a central opening at least when inflated. The cuff is insertable through a mouth of a patient to an inserted location within the patient. The cuff surrounds a glottic opening of the patient when the cuff is inflated and at the inserted location. The airway tube extends from a proximal end to a distal end. The airway tube defines an internal passage, an anterior portion, a posterior portion, a left portion, and a right portion. An airway passage extends from the proximal end of the tube through the internal passage to the glottic opening when the cuff is inflated and at the inserted location. The anterior portion is characterized by a thinner wall thickness than the left and right portions. The posterior portion is characterized by a thinner wall thickness than the left and right portions.02-02-2012
20090205667REMOVABLE LUNG REDUCTION DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS - An air passageway obstruction device includes a frame structure and a flexible membrane overlying the frame structure. The frame structure is collapsible upon advancement of the device into the air passageway, expandable into a rigid structure upon deploying in the air passageway and recollapsible upon removal from the air passageway. The flexible membrane obstructs inhaled air flow into a lung portion communicating with the air passageway. The device may be removed after deployment in an air passageway by recollapsing the device and pulling the device proximally through a catheter.08-20-2009
20090120445INDICATOR FOR CUFFED MEDICAL DEVICE - An indicator for a cuffed medical device, attached to a cuffed medical device to indicate internal pressure in a cuff of the medical device. The indicator includes: an indicator main body which includes a check valve adapted to be connected to an injection means for injecting a fluid into the cuff, a connecting section formed integrally with the indicator main body for connecting to the cuffed medical device, the connecting section communicating with the inside of the cuff, and a communication path for making the check valve and the connecting section communicate with each other; and a balloon provided in the indicator main body. The inside of the balloon is made to communicate with the communication path and is inflatable and deflatable in accordance with the internal pressure in the cuff. The balloon includes an index body which is moved forward and backward in accordance with the degree of inflation and deflation of the balloon in order to make the degree of inflation and deflation of the balloon visually recognizable. With the indicator for a cuffed medical device, a reduction in internal pressure can be readily and precisely determined.05-14-2009
20090120444Single-Lumen Endotracheal Tube for Partial Lung Ventilation - An endotracheal tube is provided with a catheter (05-14-2009
20080210243Endotracheal cuff and technique for using the same - An inflatable balloon cuff associated with a tracheal tube may be adapted to reduce the passage of mucosal secretions into the lungs. A cuff as provided may include a sealing composition that plugs or seals any folds in the inflated cuff that may act as leak paths for mucosal secretions. Further, tracheal tube kits are provided for application and/or removal of the sealing composition.09-04-2008
20110265800LARYNGEAL MASK - A device for maintaining an airway in a patient. This device includes a mask having a resilient conformable peripheral portion that is shaped such that the mask forms a seal with the larynx when the mask is positioned in the laryngo pharynx to thereby prevent ingress of extraneous fluids into the larynx. The peripheral portion of the mask define at least one cavity for providing fluid communication to the esophagus when the mask is inserted into the laryngo pharynx. An airway tube is connected to or formed with the mask for passing gas to the larynx when the mask is properly inserted into the laryngo pharynx. The airway tube preferably is curved as it leaves the mask.11-03-2011
20120090620DEVICE AND METHOD FOR IRRIGATING-EVACUATING A BODY CAVITY - A device for irrigating a body cavity is disclosed. The device comprises a first pump and a second pump being operatively linked via a manually-operated actuator member. The actuator member has at least a mode in which the actuator member activates the first pump to eject an initial volume of fluid out of the device, and a mode in which the actuator member activates the second pump to eject fluid out of the device and simultaneously activates the first pump to withdraw fluid into the device.04-19-2012
20090178681ENDOTRACHEAL TUBE CLEANING DEVICES AND METHODS OF REMOVING MUCUS ACCUMULATIONS FROM ENDOTRACHEAL TUBES - An endotracheal tube cleaning device may comprise an elongated member, a cleaning member at a first end of the elongated member, and a collection member. The cleaning member may include a shaving region about a periphery thereof. The elongated member may extend through the collection member, and the elongated member and cleaning member may be slidable relative to the collection member.07-16-2009
20090025729Tracheotomy Tube and Method of Using the Same - To provide a tracheotomy tube, which is configured such that a balloon reliably inflates at the time of inhalation, that air is sent to the lungs without leaking, that exhaled air reaches the vocal cord when a patient wishes to vocalize, and that saliva is prevented from entering a trachea at the time of exhalation when the patient does not wish to vocalize. The balloon keeps its inflated shape under normal pressure, and when air is sent from an artificial respiration device to the balloon via a hole provided in an inside tube portion, the balloon substantially maintains a state of being bonded to a trachea and maintains the inflated shape under pressure of exhaled air that is not for vocalization, and the inflated shape contracts under pressure of exhaled air for vocalization, and the exhaled air is sent toward the vocal cord via a gap formed between the balloon having the contracted shape and a tracheal wall.01-29-2009
20090314297UNIBODY AUSCULTATION INTERFACE - The present invention provides a kit comprising a unibody auscultation interface for use with mechanical ventilation or intubation, formed from a single contiguous nonmetallic piece, the piece being shaped into a cylindrical member having opposing ends respectively adapted to frictionally connect to the external end of an endotracheal tube and either the stem of a Y piece or the patient end of a common conduit, the cylindrical member having an opening in its wall, the perimeter of which seamlessly elaborates a flared turret whose roof is adapted for non-adherent contact with the chest piece of a stethoscope; and, packaging means for enclosing the auscultation interface aseptically. The present invention additionally provides an endotracheal tube, Y piece, breathing circuit and mechanical ventilation system incorporating the auscultation interface.12-24-2009
20110220119INFLATION AND MONITORING ASSEMBLY FOR A PRESSURE CUFF - An assembly structured to inflate a retaining or pressure cuff of a medical device including of the type associated with an artificial airway tube such as an endotracheal tube and/or tracheostomy tube and concurrently monitor pressure therein including a casing having a pressure chamber on its interior. A pump assembly is movably connected to the casing and structured to force fluid flow to the retaining cuff, for inflation, through said pressure chamber. An indicator member is disposed within the casing and is visually accessible through the casing window, wherein the indicator member is variably positionable dependent on and indicative of existing pressure within the retaining cuff. The existing pressure within the pressure chamber is substantially equivalent to that within the retaining cuff thereby facilitating the variable position of the indicator member to be indicative of pressure within the retaining cuff. A junction may be disposed in interconnecting relation between the casing and an inflation lumen to the retaining cuff and is structured to allow disconnection between the casing and the lumen but prevent reconnection thereto.09-15-2011
20110220118Inflation and monitoring assembly for a pressure cuff of an endotracheal tube - An assembly structured to inflate a retaining or pressure cuff of the type associated with an artificial airway tube such as an endotracheal tube and/or tracheostomy tube and concurrently monitor pressure therein including a casing having a pressure chamber on its interior. A pump assembly is movably connected to the casing and structured to force fluid flow to the retaining cuff, for inflation, through said pressure chamber. An indicator member is disposed within the casing and is visually accessible through casing window, wherein the indicator member is variably positionable dependent on and indicative of existing pressure within the retaining cuff. The existing pressure within the pressure chamber is substantially equivalent to that within the retaining cuff thereby facilitating the variable position of the indicator member to be indicative of pressure within the retaining cuff. A junction is disposed in interconnecting relation between the casing and an inflation lumen to the restraining cuff and is structured to allow disconnection between the casing and the lumen but prevent reconnection thereto.09-15-2011
20080236592Laryngeal Mask Airway with a Belt, Operating Piece for Controlling the Same, and Gas Supply Kit Comprising the Same - A laryngeal mask airway mainly comprises a flexible tubular portion, an inflatable sealing cuff, an inflation tube, and a belt. The flexible tubular portion has a first opening part and a second opening part; the inflatable sealing cuff is disposed surrounding the first opening part; the inflation tube has one end connected to the inflatable sealing cuff and the other end for directing gas into the inflatable sealing cuff; the belt is secured on the first opening part. Moreover, the present invention discloses an operating piece for controlling the laryngeal mask airway and a gas supply kit comprising the laryngeal mask airway.10-02-2008
20090101153Method of facilitated airway intubation - Embodiments include a medical device, an apparatus, and a method. The medical device includes a tube portion shaped and sized for airway passage insertion and having at least one pathway therethrough; and a stylet of at least one shape-transforming material, configured for insertion in one of said at least one pathway; and at least one sensor carried by the tube portion and the stylet. The apparatus includes a stylet having a first end and a second end, at least a portion of the stylet including a shape-transforming material, the stylet being configured for insertion through an airway intubation structure having at least one pathway therethrough; and at least one sensor carried by the stylet in a proximity to the first end. The method includes capturing an image adjacent to an endotracheal tube proximate to an airway passage; and actuating, in response to the image, at least one shape-transformation of the endotracheal tube.04-23-2009
20090241964METHODS AND DEVICES FOR PASSIVE RESIDUAL LUNG VOLUME REDUCTION AND FUNCTIONAL LUNG VOLUME EXPANSION - The volume of a hyperinflated lung compartment is reduced by sealing a distal end of the catheter in an airway feeding the lung compartment. Air passes out of the lung compartment through a passage in the catheter while the patient exhales. A one-way flow element associated with the catheter prevents air from re-entering the lung compartment as the patient inhales. Over time, the pressure of regions surrounding the lung compartment cause it to collapse as the volume of air diminishes. Residual volume reduction effectively results in functional lung volume expansion. Optionally, the lung compartment may be sealed in order to permanently prevent air from re-entering the lung compartment. The invention further discloses a catheter with a transparent occlusion element at its tip that enables examination of the lung passageway through a viewing scope.10-01-2009
20090260632Endotracheal Tube - A medical device comprises a tube to be inserted into a patient. The tube has a proximal end and a distal end and provides a first fluid into the patient's body from a fluid source via a lumen. The device includes a suction port on the tube which is configured to remove a second fluid from within the patient's body via a suction lumen. The device includes an inflatable cuff that is coupled to the outer surface of the tube. The cuff is positioned adjacent to the suction port and maintains the suction port a distance away from patient tissue. In an embodiment, the cuff is cylindrical and has an inner surface which extends from the proximal side toward the distal side, wherein the inner surface is tapered such that a diameter of the inner surface with respect to the tube decreases from the proximal side toward the distal side.10-22-2009
20100252048APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MONITORING AN AIRWAY DEVICE SUCH AS AN ENDOTRACHEAL TUBE - An airway device (10-07-2010
20090194114Laryngeal Mask Airway Installation Kit, Clip Device, and Laryngeal Mask Airway - A laryngeal mask airway installation kit of the invention comprises a laryngeal mask airway and a clip device. The laryngeal mask airway comprises a gas filled portion, an against portion, and a tube portion. The gas filled portion connects to one end of the tube portion, and the against portion is connected to the tube portion. The clip device comprises a main portion and a handle portion. At least part of the main portion is connected to the against portion, and the main portion presses the gas filled portion of the laryngeal mask airway. The handle portion is connected to the main portion. When the main portion presses the gas filled portion of the laryngeal mask airway, the handle portion is neighbor to the tube portion.08-06-2009
20090145438LARYNGEAL MASK AIRWAY DEVICE - The invention relates to a laryngeal mask airway device (06-11-2009
20090107511IMPLANTABLE RESPIRATION THERAPY DEVICE - Apparatus (04-30-2009
20120125346ENDOTRACHEAL CUFF AND TECHNIQUE FOR USING THE SAME - An inflatable balloon cuff with a water-swellable coating may be adapted to seal a patient's trachea when associated with an endotracheal tube. The water-swellable coating may enhance a cuffs mechanical pressure seal. The water-swellable coating may be loosely adhered or not adhered to the cuff in order to allow the coating to flow into and seal any leak paths that may form when the cuff is inflated in a patient's trachea.05-24-2012
20100186749MEDICAL DEVICE AND TECHNIQUE FOR USING THE SAME - An inflatable balloon cuff may be adapted to seal a patient's trachea when associated with an endotracheal tube. These cuffs may include indicia that facilitate attachment of the cuff relative to the tube to reduce manufacturing variability for such characteristics as rotational and length alignment. Such indicia may include protrusions that are formed in the wall of the cuff collars or may include visual indicators, e.g., colorimetric or shape-wise indicators. Cuffs with improved attachment relative to the tube may have increased sealing performance.07-29-2010
20110023889ULTRASOUND-BASED TRACHEAL TUBE PLACEMENT DEVICE AND METHOD - An inflatable balloon cuff may be adapted to seal a patient's trachea when associated with an endotracheal tube. These cuffs may include features that facilitate detection or visualization of the cuff, for example with ultrasound devices, to ensure proper placement of the cuff and the tube. Such surface features may include particular types of materials or shaped or protruding features that may be detected in the environment of the trachea.02-03-2011
20110083672TRACHEOSTOMY TUBE HAVING A CUFFED INNER CANNULA - A tracheostomy tube for use with a neck plate having an aperture. The tracheostomy tube comprises an elongate outer cannula having a lumen and configured to extend through the aperture; an elongate inner cannula having a lumen and an inflatable cuff, and configured to extend through the lumen of the outer cannula such that the cuff extends beyond a distal end of the outer cannula; and an interlocking mechanism configured to releasably secure a proximal end of the inner cannula to a proximal end of the outer cannula.04-14-2011
20110073115TRACHEAL CUFF FOR PROVIDING SEAL WITH REDUCED PRESSURE ON THE TRACHEAL WALLS - According to various embodiments, a tracheal tube may include a cuff assembly that relies on mechanical pressure rather than inflation pressure to form a seal against a patient's trachea. Such cuff assemblies may include cone or umbrella-shaped structures that may form seals at substantially lower pressures than traditional inflation cuffs. One or more of such cuff assemblies may be used instead of or in addition to an inflation cuff to provide an improved seal.03-31-2011
20110100373METHOD OF DETECTING ENDOTRACHEAL TUBE MISPLACEMENT - A method of intubating a subject is disclosed. The method comprises inserting an endotracheal tube into the tracheal airway of the subject; inflating a cuff associated with the endotracheal tube within the airway below the vocal cords; measuring a level of at least one measure being indicative of leakage of secretion past the cuff to the lungs; comparing the level of the measure with an optimal level of the measure; and adjusting inflation of the cuff based on the comparison so as to generally minimize leakage of secretion from above the cuff to the lungs, while minimizing pressure associated damages to the airway. The measure(s) can be carbon dioxide concentration, a proxy measure from which such concentration can be inferred, or the level of one or more additives delivered to a subject during intubation.05-05-2011
20110030694SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IMAGING ENDOTRACHEAL TUBE PLACEMENT AND MEASURING AIRWAY OCCLUSION CUFF PRESSURE - Described herein is an apparatus that includes an endotracheal tube or airway device having a proximal end and a distal end and an occlusion cuff. The occlusion cuff includes a sensor for helping determine proper endotracheal or airway device placement.02-10-2011
20110048427METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR BLOCKING FLUID FLOW IN AN INTUBATED TRACHEA - Disclosed are systems, kits and methods for facilitating intubation of a patient. In some embodiments, a system includes an ETT tube that longitudinally traverses the interior of a sleeve. Preferably, the sleeve is outwardly biased, includes a fibrous skeleton, and is covered by an elastic, substantially-liquid-impermeable coating. Some embodiments relate to an apparatus technique for preventing downward movement of liquid by a connecting membrane Some embodiments relate to kits which, when assembled, provide any ETT system disclosed herein. Some embodiments relates to method of assembling, method of deploying, and methods of removing the ETT system or a portion thereof.03-03-2011
20080230072Naso-gastric mask and method - A mask for delivery of gas, such as oxygen, to a patient and useable in a naso-gastric intubation procedure without disruption of the seal between the mask and the face of the patient. The body of the mask includes an opening through which the naso-gastric tube may be inserted. The opening comprises a vertical lining and first and second coupling members on either side thereof and above a peripheral edge of the mask, which may be closed below the tube to provide an enhanced seal for the mask. The coupling members may comprise hook and loop members, a snap, a button, or interlocking members.09-25-2008
20110041854EVERTING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR TRACHEOSTOMY - An integrated device and improved method for tracheostomy which includes the placement of an everted film sheath into a patent's trachea, through which the tracheal tube is inserted.02-24-2011
20110253145Pressurized tracheal cuff control arrangement - An endotracheal tube monitoring and control system for the safe and effective use of that endotracheal or trachea (ETT or TT) cuff within the larynx of a human patient comprising: a control unit for the monitoring and control of the ETT or TT tube cuff in communication therewith; a pressure sensor in communication with the control unit and with an empowered air pump and associated a dump valve; and a patient position sensor to indicate patient inclination, wherein the pressure in the cuff is pre-set and maintained at a selected value by a system operator, and wherein the system provides feedback of pressure within the cuff and acts to supplement or dump pressure from that cuff, as necessary, including a mouth care alert, head of bed angle alarms, safety override of microprocessor control should cuff pressure reach dangerous levels, and self-test protocols to ensure proper operation of pneumatic control components.10-20-2011
20100319703TRACHEAL TUBE WITH LUMEN FOR TRACHEAL PRESSURE MEASUREMENT AND TECHNIQUE FOR USING THE SAME - According to various embodiments, a tracheal tube may include a pressure monitoring lumen configured to sample the gases in the tracheal space. The pressure monitoring lumen may be in fluid communication with a pressure transducer that provides pressure measurements. An opening of the lumen may be covered with a porous membrane that allow gas to diffuse freely in and out of the lumen, but that prevents secretions from clogging the lumen.12-23-2010
20120204884Endotracheal tube cuff pressure regulator - An inflated endotracheal tube cuff maintained at a desired inflation using a constant air source. The constant air flow source is connected to a pressure regulator that is connected to the endotracheal tube cuff via the endotracheal tube cuff lumen. The regulator includes a bleed valve used to control the air pressure to the cuff so that a constant desired air pressure is maintained. The regulator may also include a manometer for visually displaying the pressure in the regulator, and thereby the cuff.08-16-2012
20110186053Medical Tubes for Selective Mechanical Ventilation of the Lungs - A single lumen endobronchial tube for selective mechanical ventilation of the lungs can include a medical tube having a single lumen with an opening at each of opposed distal and proximal ends of the tube, the opening at the proximal end of the tube being adapted for connection to an external mechanical ventilation device, and the opening at the distal end of the tube being adapted for delivery of a medical gas; a wall extending throughout the tube's entire length having an internal wall surface, an external wall surface and a thickness therebetween, a portion of the wall having an aperture and a shaft adapted to house a mechanism for sealing the aperture; a distal bronchial cuff positioned along the external wall surface and adapted to expand radially outward; and at least a first proximal tracheal cuff positioned along the external wall surface and adapted to expand radially outward.08-04-2011
20110146691Tracheal Catheter With Suction Lumen Port in Close Proximity to the Cuff - Endotracheal and tracheostomy tubes have an inflatable cuff for sealing the trachea so that a patient may be ventilated through a respiratory lumen of the tube. As a result of sealing the trachea outside of the tube, liquids accumulate above the cuff. If these liquids are allowed to move into the lungs, they may cause ventilator acquired pneumonia (VAP). The liquids may be removed by suction applied to a suction lumen terminating in a port above the cuff, but suctioning can cause damage to the trachea if the tube is sucked up against the tracheal wall. A tracheal catheter having a unique method of attaching the balloon cuff is provided. The cuff is to attached so that an upper part (collar) of the cuff is used to cover the distal end of a suction lumen port. This allows the port to be located closer to the cuff and so provides more thorough liquid removal and reduces the possibility that the tube may suck itself onto the tracheal wall.06-23-2011
20110297160PIVOTABLE ENDOTRACHEAL TUBE ASSEMBLIES - A pivotable endotracheal tube assembly includes an insertion tube defining a first ventilating lumen and adapted for insertion in the trachea of a patient, a connection tube defining a second ventilating lumen, and a pivotable fitting adapted to interconnect the tubes to thereby communicate the first and second ventilating lumens and provide free pivotal movement of one relative to the other. The pivotable fitting may include a a distal portion coupled to the insertion tube and having a female component, and may further include a proximal portion coupled to the connection tube and having a male component coaxially telescoped at least partially within the female component. A radial flange on the male component configured to be axially slidable within a corresponding groove in the female component may provide continuous and relative pivotable movement of the components.12-08-2011
20120145161LARYNGEAL MASK AIRWAY DEVICE - The invention relates to a laryngeal mask airway device (06-14-2012
20120145159Cuff-Equipped Tube - A cuff-equipped tube formed by providing a cuff to the outer periphery of a flexible tube, the cuff being expanded by introducing an operation fluid thereinto or being contracted by discharging the operation fluid therefrom. The cuff is provided with a cuff affixing portion expanded outward by the introduction of the operation fluid thereinto, and also with one mounting portion and the other mounting portion that are mounted to the outer peripheral surface of the tube. The connecting portions of the cuff affixing portion and the one mounting portion is affixed in a constricted shape to the outer peripheral surface of the tube, and the connecting portions of the cuff affixing portion and the other mounting portion is affixed in a constricted shape to the outer peripheral surface of the tube.06-14-2012
20090107510TWO-LAYER ENDOTRACHEAL TUBE CUFF FOR PREVENTION OF PNEUMONIA - A novel two-layer endotracheal tube (ETT) cuff for the prevention of pneumonia is disclosed. The disclosed two-layer ETT comprises a standard HVLP cuff covered with a second layer of elastomeric material with a sterile gel inserted between the layers. The two-layer cuff forms no folds when inflated in the trachea and prevents leakage, substantially reducing the risk for pneumonia attributable to standard ETT cuffs.04-30-2009
20090025730Post decannulation stoma cover - A device and method used to cover a stoma when a patient who has had a tracheostomy tube no longer requires a tracheostomy tube and has been decannulated. The device utilizes a curved plate with an annular foam or air-filled cushion, an adhesive and a trach tie to hold the device in place over the stoma. The device effectively blocks the stoma to allow for speech, promote wound healing and prevent infection.01-29-2009
20100258134ENDOTRACHEAL TUBE HAVING IMPROVED SUCTION LUMEN - A surgical/medical tube such as an endotracheal tube 10-14-2010
20120145160LARYNGEAL MASK AIRWAY DEVICE - The invention relates to a laryngeal mask airway device (06-14-2012
20090090366BALLOON CUFF TRACHEOSTOMY TUBE - There is provided a balloon cuffed tracheostomy tube with a balloon designed so as to enhance the tube's anchorability without sealing the tracheal stoma. The tracheostomy tube device includes a conventional curved hollow tube. The distal end of the tube is adapted for insertion through a tracheal stoma and into the tracheal lumen of a patient's throat. The device further includes an inflatable balloon enveloping a portion of the tube. The balloon has a distal portion substantially centered about and attached to the distal end portion of the tube. The balloon also has a proximal portion attached to the bend region of the tube and positioned substantially off-center relative to the proximal portion of the tube and about the bend region below the proximal plane of the device. Upon inflation, this configuration provides for expansion of the balloon around the distal end portion of the tube and the proximal end portion of the tube below the proximal plane of the device to seal the trachea below the tracheal stoma and to avoid sealing the trachea above the tracheal stoma. This configuration of the balloon should allow secretions to exit the stoma so that they do not accumulate and become a possible source of ventilator acquired pneumonia.04-09-2009
20130146063SHAPED EVACUATION PORT FOR A MULTI-LUMEN TRACHEAL TUBE - The present disclosure describes systems and methods that utilize a tracheal tube with a shaped evacuation port. An evacuation port coupled to a suction lumen may be shaped to reduce air channel formation within the suction lumen, which in turn may improve the suctioning force and efficiency. The shaped evacuation ports may be generally oval or may be shaped to minimize a height dimension while maintaining a suitable cross-sectional area. In particular embodiments, the shaped evacuation ports may have cross-sectional areas that correspond to a cross-sectional area of the suction lumen.06-13-2013
20090032027Multiple balloon endotracheal tube cuff - An airway ventilation device for insertion in a body cavity is provided. The airway ventilation device includes an endotracheal tube having multiple inflation cuffs. Adjacent inflation cuffs form indentation areas whereby bacterial secretions are removed through various liquid stabilizing means. An individual inflation cuff may optionally exhibit a twist in the opposite directions of an adjacent inflation cuff.02-05-2009
20120000471TRACHEAL TUBES WITH IMPROVED SECRETION REMOVAL SYSTEMS - Various embodiments of a tracheal tube having a tubular body with an open distal end and a tube wall with a variable thickness are provided. The tube wall may include a thickened section comprising a void. The tracheal tube may also include an offset ventilation lumen disposed in the tubular body and adapted to facilitate airflow to and from a patient. Embodiments of the tracheal tube may also include a suction lumen disposed in the thickened section of the tube wall and terminating in a port opening into the void for removal of secretions from the patient's trachea.01-05-2012
20120012115INTERMITTENT LOW-PRESSURE OROTRACHEAL INTUBATION DEVICE - An orotracheal intubation device (01-19-2012
20100218769RESPIRATORY ASSISTANCE DEVICE - The invention relates to a respiratory device (09-02-2010
20120152257CUFFED MEDICAL TUBES - A cuffed silicone tracheostomy tube has two tapered recesses 06-21-2012
20120132212Endotracheal Tube with Multi-Mode Valve and Method of Using Same - An endotracheal tube for intubation within a patient's trachea. The endotracheal tube includes an elongated tube having a main lumen, an auxiliary lumen, a proximal end, and a distal end. An inflatable cuff is arranged on the elongated tube between the proximal and distal ends. A multi-mode valve is arranged on the elongated tube. A method for tracheal intubation of a patient is also disclosed.05-31-2012
20120211010LARYNGEAL MASK AIRWAY DEVICE - A laryngeal-mask airway device including provision for drainage of the oesophagus including an inflatable main-cuff and a backplate having a laryngeal-side and a pharyngeal-side. The backplate also has an external tube joint adjacent to the proximal region of the main-cuff. The backplate is hermetically bonded to the periphery of the main-cuff establishing separation between a laryngeal-chamber region and a pharyngeal region. A distally open evacuation tube includes a distal portion which longitudinally traverses the interior of the distal region of the main-cuff in sealed relation therewith for operative engagement and communication with the inlet of the oesophagus. The evacuation tube traverses the laryngeal-chamber region generally adjacent to the laryngeal-side of the backplate and passages through a proximally located tube-joint to the pharyngeal region. An airway tube also extends into the tube joint for communication with an airway port to provide a flowpath between the airway tube and laryngeal-chamber region.08-23-2012
20100051035LOW-PRESSURE AIRWAY MANAGEMENT DEVICE WITH ACTIVE COATING AND METHOD FOR PATIENT CARE - An improved endotracheal tube that has a modified surface coating that can elute active agents is described. The coated surface and the use of the device according to a new method or regime for a healthcare worker to care for patients can help reduce the likelihood of ventilator acquire pneumonia or other infections in a patient's respiratory passages.03-04-2010
20120260921ENDOTRACHEAL TUBE WITH BRONCHOSCOPE VIEWING PORT - Provided is a side-by-side dual lumen ventilation tube and viewing tube combination. The ventilation tube can be sized similar to conventional endotracheal tubes and the viewing tube can be sized to receive a bronchoscope of a desired size. Also provided are methods of using the dual lumen medical device such as in tracheotomy procedures.10-18-2012
20100326446TRACHEAL TUBE WITH LUMEN FOR TRACHEAL PRESSURE MEASUREMENT AND TECHNIQUE FOR USING THE SAME - According to various embodiments, a tracheal tube may include a pressure monitoring lumen configured to provide information related to the pressure in the tracheal space. By measuring pressure in the lumen, a tracheal pressure may be estimated. The pressure monitoring lumen may be in fluid communication with a pressure transducer that provides pressure measurements. An opening of the lumen may be covered with a distal shoulder of an inflatable cuff.12-30-2010
20110265799TRACHEAL TUBE WITH DIVIDING MEMBRANE - Various embodiments of a tracheal tube having a flexible membrane disposed therein for separation of a ventilation lumen of the tracheal tube into multiple channels are provided. The flexible membrane is configured to divide a main ventilation lumen of the tracheal tube into an inspiration channel and an expiration channel. In some embodiments, a volume of the inspiration channel is substantially equal to a volume of the expiration channel.11-03-2011
20120090619INFLATABLE RESPIRATORY CUFF WITH PRESSURE RELIEF VALVE - A respiratory cuff pressure regulator system is provided for use with a breathing tube equipped with an inflatable cuff, a tubule extending from the cuff and having a distal end communicating with an inside of the cuff, a proximal end having an inlet for inflating the cuff. The system includes a sealed housing enclosing an inflatable member and in fluid communication with the tubule, the sealed housing having an air inlet bore in fluid communication with the tubule inlet and with the interior of the inflatable member. A valve in the inlet bore is normally closed and opens for inflation of the inflatable member and ultimately the respiratory cuff. An equalizing biasing member in the sealed housing exerts a bias against the inflatable member. A pressure relief valve is provided in fluid communication with the tubule and is preset to open upon pressure in the tubule exceeding a predetermined amount.04-19-2012
20130008451ENDOTRACHEAL CUFF AND TECHNIQUE FOR USING THE SAME - An inflatable balloon cuff may be adapted to seal a patient's trachea when associated with an endotracheal tube. Configurations of these cuffs that include tapered regions with certain characteristics, such as cuff wall diameter and thickness, may provide improved sealing of the trachea.01-10-2013
20130014761ENDOTRACHEAL TUBE HAVING ONE OR MORE BLOCKING ELEMENTS, BLOCKING ELEMENTS, AND A METHOD OF USING BLOCKING ELEMENTS - An endotracheal device that comprises an endotracheal tube sized and shaped for being disposed within the trachea so that at least a distal segment thereof being placed in the windpipe lumen of a patient and at least one self expending element disposed around a peripheral surface of the endotracheal tube and having a first thickness in a compressed state and a second thickness in an expanded state, the at least one self expending element switching from the compressed state to the expanded state when absorbing moisture. The first thickness is thinner than the second thickness.01-17-2013
20130019871Inflatable Oral Airway Apparatus and Method for Using the Same - An inflatable oral airway (IOA) device for maintaining the patency of an airway of a patient without substantial extension into the pharynx or larynx of the patient. The IOA is inserted into the patient's oro-pharynx after the patient is sedated or under general anesthesia. The IOA comprises a core that is substantially shaped the same as a conventional or normal human airway. The IOA has an inverted orientation, i.e. the bottom or ventral surface of the core rests on the upper surface of the patient's tongue. The IOA also comprises a cuff and a hinge balloon which may be inflated in tandem or in sequence to open and support the soft tissues of the mouth and pharynx in four different directions as well as articulate and increase the internal volume of the IOA itself.01-24-2013
20080236593ENDOTRACHEAL CUFF AND TECHNIQUE FOR USING THE SAME - An inflatable balloon cuff may be adapted to seal a patient's trachea when associated with an endotracheal tube. Configurations of these cuffs that include tapered regions with certain characteristics, such as angle of taper, cuff diameter, and cuff wall thickness, may provide improved sealing of the trachea.10-02-2008
20080223374Probe for Medical Use - A probe for medical use comprising a tube (09-18-2008
20130112207ENDOTRACHEAL TUBE WITH DUAL PORT SUBGLOTTIC SECRETION SUCTIONING - The present invention provides in some embodiments, an endotracheal tube with subglottic secretion suction and a detachable suction line. The endotracheal tube is an elongate tube having an outer wall defining an elongate central lumen and an elongate suction lumen. The outer wall also defines an opening to the suction lumen near a distal end of the endotracheal tube An inflatable cuff is attached near a distal end of the elongate tube. The shoulder of the inflatable cuff is inverted in order to increase the diameter of the cuff from its distal end to its proximal end. A diffuser cap is positioned over the opening to the suction lumen and defines a fluid flow path for secretions into the suction lumen through the opening to the suction lumen.05-09-2013
20130092172STOPPER DEVICE - An airway [(04-18-2013
20130098366Artificial Oral Airway, Esophageal Blocker, and Pharyngeal Airway Assembly - An artificial oral airway, an esophageal blocker, and a pharyngeal airway assembly are disclosed. The artificial oral airway includes a main body and an airway, wherein the airway penetrates the main body and the main body has a body front end. The esophageal blocker is slidably connected to the artificial oral airway and penetrates the main body to contact the esophagus of a patient. The esophageal blocker has an opening portion, an esophageal blocking portion, and a slice body, wherein the opening portion touches the body front end, and the esophageal blocking portion is used for blocking the esophagus of the patient. The slice body is used for connecting the opening portion and the esophageal blocking portion.04-25-2013
20130125897LARYNGEAL MASK - A device for maintaining an airway in a patient, the device including a mask having a peripheral portion that forms a seal with the larynx when the mask is positioned in the laryngo pharynx to thereby prevent ingress of extraneous fluids into the larynx; an airway tube connected to or formed with the mask for passing gas to the larynx when the mask is properly inserted into the laryngo pharynx; and one or more elongated members located on the mask, wherein the application of force to the elongated members causes elastic deformation of the device, thereby facilitating insertion of the device into the patient.05-23-2013
20130092171MULTI-LUMEN TRACHEAL TUBE WITH PRESSURE DISTRIBUTION - The present disclosure describes systems and methods that utilize a tracheal tube with pressure distribution features. For certain patients, the vocal cords may form a seal with an inserted tracheal tube. A pressure distribution lumen may allow fluid communication between tracheal space above and below the vocal cords. This in turn may reduce the formation of a vacuum seal forming around a suction lumen evacuation port. Accordingly, the disclosed embodiments provide improved suctioning by distributing the pressure around the evacuation port and the space above the vocal cords.04-18-2013
20130146062Multi-Diameter Pediatric Tracheal Cuff - The present disclosure describes an endotracheal tube for a child, the tube having a balloon mounted near the distal end of the tube. The tube has a ventilation lumen and an inflation line used to inflate the balloon. The balloon is mounted to the tube at a lower mounting point and an upper mounting point. The upper mounting point is above the level of the vocal cords. The balloon has a lower and upper diameter when inflated, and the upper diameter is from 1.1 to 1.5 times larger than the outer diameter of the tube.06-13-2013
20120255555INFLATION AND MONITORING ASSEMBLY FOR A PRESSURE CUFF - An assembly structured to inflate a retaining or pressure cuff of a medical device of the type associated with artificial airway tube and concurrently monitor pressure therein. A pump assembly is movably connected to a casing and structured to force fluid flow, for inflation of a pressure chamber of the casing. An indicator member is visually accessible through a casing window and is variably positionable dependent on and indicative of existing pressure within the retaining cuff. The existing pressure within the pressure chamber is substantially equivalent to that within the retaining cuff thereby facilitating the variable position of the indicator member being indicative of pressure within the retaining cuff. A junction between the casing and an inflation lumen is structured to allow disconnection and prevent reconnection between the casing and the lumen.10-11-2012
20100307508ENDOTRACHEAL TUBE WITH DEDICATED EVACUATION PORT - Various embodiments of a tracheal tube capable of suctioning accumulated mucus secretions from the airway of intubated patients are provided. Disclosed embodiments include a variety of endrotracheal tubes with integral suction lumens terminating in ports optimally located at the distal end of the endrotracheal tubes between a Murphy's Eye and a cuff. During intubation, the foregoing features, among others, of the tracheal tube may have the effect of preventing bacterial colonization of the respiratory airway and the subsequent development of ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP) in the lungs.12-09-2010
20100313896SELF-SIZING ADJUSTABLE ENDOTRACHEAL TUBE - There is disclosed an endotracheal tube which has a minimal cross-sectional profile for easy viewing of anatomical features during intubation. After the tube is placed into the trachea, the tube is adapted to increase the diameter. In this manner the tube diameter may be expanded to allow for decreased Work of Breathing (WOB) for patient, while not having so large a diameter as to cause tracheal discomfort.12-16-2010
20100313895SELF-SIZING ADJUSTABLE ENDOTRACHEAL TUBE - There is disclosed an endotracheal tube which has a minimal cross-sectional profile for easy viewing of anatomical features during intubation. After the tube is placed into the trachea, the tube is adapted to increase the diameter. In this manner the tube diameter may be expanded to allow for decreased Work of Breathing (WOB) for patient, while not having so large a diameter as to cause tracheal discomfort.12-16-2010
20100313894SELF-SIZING ADJUSTABLE ENDOTRACHEAL TUBE - There is disclosed an endotracheal tube which has a minimal cross-sectional profile for easy viewing of anatomical features during intubation. After the tube is placed into the trachea, the tube is adapted to increase the diameter. In this manner the tube diameter may be expanded to allow for decreased Work of Breathing (WOB) for patient, while not having so large a diameter as to cause tracheal discomfort.12-16-2010
20120279505TRACHEAL TUBE COMPRISING TRACHEA SEALING PORTION - The present invention provides a tracheal tube comprising: a hollow tube inserted into the trachea; a first volume expansion portion for encompassing one side of the hollow tube; a second volume expansion portion positioned below the first volume expansion portion; a first conduit for expanding the first volume expansion portion and the second volume expansion portion; and a second conduit for supplying media for sealing to a trachea sealing portion positioned between the first volume expansion portion and the second volume expansion portion. The tracheal tube of the present invention can reduce the pressure of two cuffs which are the volume expansion portions, and can effectively improve sealing by supplying media to the trachea sealing portion positioned between the two cuffs. The tracheal tube of the present invention can reduce pulmonary aspiration and can thus considerably prevent ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP).11-08-2012
20130125898HYBRID TUBING SUPRAGLOTTIC AIRWAY DEVICE - A hybrid tubing supraglottic airway device secures patient airway and ensures unobstructed passageways for the delivery of air and medications such as anesthetic gases to unconscious patients. It is designed to retain all the advantages of such devices in the prior art yet be superior by providing both improved ease of placement in patient throats and allowing surgeons unrestricted access to operating fields, especially in cases of facial or other head surgeries. Two major components of this supraglottic airway device are a supraglottic mask and a hybrid breathing tube that consists of a rigid distal section that is connected to the mask and a flexible proximal section that extends out of the patient's mouth.05-23-2013
20130186407Single Lung/Lobe Ventilation Endotracheal Tube - Techniques for single lung ventilation (SLV) include a hollow main tube with outer diameter sized to fit inside a bronchus of a patient. The length of the main tube is sufficient for a distal end of the main tube to reach a first side bronchus from a proximal end configured to be located in a vicinity of a mouth of the patient. The hollow main tube has a ventilating orifice separated from the distal end at a location that corresponds to a different second side bronchus. A hollow tubular sleeve is moveably disposed inside and longitudinally aligned with the main tube. The sleeve is configured to be positioned in at least two positions: a first position that does not block the ventilating orifice; and, a second position that does block the ventilating orifice.07-25-2013
20110315147TRACHEAL TUBE WITH MULTIFUNCTIONAL LUMEN - Various embodiments of a tracheal tube having a multifunctional lumen disposed in a tracheal tube wall are provided. Provided tracheal tubes include a ventilation lumen, through which bidirectional airflow may be established to and from a patient during operation, as well as a multifunctional lumen adapted to receive a variety of interchangeable medical devices. Embodiments of the provided tracheal tubes may provide for insertion or removal of a medical device from the multifunctional lumen without extubation of the tracheal tube from a patient.12-29-2011
20130098367Laryngeal Mask - A laryngeal mask for covering an opening of the larynx and touching an opening of the esophagus of a patient is disclosed. The laryngeal mask has a tube and a mask portion, wherein the tube has a first end. The mask portion has an upper surface, a front end, and an esophageal blocking portion, wherein the upper surface connects to the first end; the esophageal blocking portion is situated at the front end. When the laryngeal mask is being placed into the patient's pharynx, the esophageal blocking portion moves along bilateral sides of the esophagus and blocks the opening of the esophagus such that the opening of the larynx is properly covered by the laryngeal mask.04-25-2013
20120085351LARYNGEAL MASK AIRWAY DEVICE - The invention relates to a laryngeal mask airway device for insertion into a patient to provide an airway passage to the patient's glottic opening. The device includes an airway tube, a mask attached to the airway tube, a peripheral inflatable cuff, and an outlet for gas. The mask is attached to the airway tube for gaseous communication between the tube and an outlet. The device further includes an oesophaegeal drain that includes a conduit that extends from an inlet at the distal end of the mask to an outlet disposed outside the patient when the device is in place. The conduit includes a mask section and airway tube section, wherein the mask section is formed integrally in the material of the body of the mask.04-12-2012

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