The Obstruction Prevention Device for Endotracheal Tube is an apparatus designed to prevent patient biting of an endotracheal tube or other medical apparatus that is inserted into the mouth.
Inventor Phillip Hood, a respiratory therapist from Boaz, AL has created an apparatus designed to prevent patient biting of an endotracheal tube or other medical apparatus that is inserted into the mouth.
Many times in a medical setting, it is necessary to assist a patient in the breathing process. This typically involves intubation, which is the process of inserting an endotracheal tube into the mouth, and then into the airway. However, many times the patient can become agitated or confused, leading to the patient biting on the tube. This can prevent the ventilator from functioning properly, leading to inadequate respiration levels, and possible harm to the patient. When patients bite down on the tube, it is also difficult to clear the airway of secretions that may need removed. In addition, patients may bite down on other instruments such as bronchoscopes during medical procedures, resulting in damages that can cost thousands of dollars. Inventor Hood has created a means by which to prevent a patient from biting down and closing off an endotracheal tube, as well as preventing costly damage to equipment.
This clever new invention prevents damage to medical instruments like bronchoscopes. Its clear design easily monitors tube placement. It has a hinged anchor with gripping surface to main position on tube. The device accommodates a range of endotracheal tube sizes. It is simple to use and reposition as needed. The use of the Obstruction Prevention Device for Endotracheal Tube ensures that patients will receive the maximum benefit from an endotracheal tube or other devices, in a manner which is quick, easy, and effective.