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Tracheotomy tube with suction port above cuff Portex Blue Line Ultra Suctionaid BLUS

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Tracheotomy tube with suction port above cuff Portex Blue Line Ultra Suctionaid (BLUS)

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Video describing tracheotomy use is located below

Other 'suction-above-the-cuff" tracheotomy tubes are also available ("Blom tracheotomy tube with disposable suction-above-the-cuff inner cannula' (Rabach et al 2015)

blus portex setup  IMG_9138  IMG_9139  IMG_9141

IMG_9142  IMG_9143

videos

As per Ledgerwood et al (2013): "'decreasing the load of oropharygneal secretions that enter the airway or the bacterial colonization of the airway effectively reduces the incidence of nosocomial pneumonia"

References:

  1. Coffman H, Rees CJ, Sievers AEF and Belafsky PC: Proximal suction tracheotomy tube reduces aspiration volume  Otolaryngology-- Head and Neck Surgery (2008) 138, 441-445
  2. Ledgerwood LG, Salgado MD, Black H, Yoneda K, Sievers A, Belafsky PC: Tracheotomy Tubes With Suction Above the Cuff Reduce the Rate of Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia in Intensive Care Unit Patients. Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology 122(1):3-8
  3. Rabach L, Siegel MD, Puchalski JT, Towle D, Follert M, Johnson KM, Rademaker AW, Leder SB: Use of the Blom Tracheotomy Tube with Suction Inner Cannula to Decontaminate Microorganisms from the Subglottic Space. A Proof of Concept. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2015 Jun:12(6):859-63