New tapered cuff may decrease common and costly pulmonary complications.
RESEARCH Boulder, CO (February 12, 2010) — Jan-Paul Mulier, M.D., Ph.D. recently presented data from the study at the New York State Society of Anesthesiologists PostGraduate Assembly (PGA) in Anesthesiology, held in New York City. The study investigated the outcomes of patients intubated with either a TaperGuard® tube or conventional high-volume, low-pressure cuff during laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery. In the study, not one patient intubated with a TaperGuard tube (n = 11) had microaspiration secondary to leakage of fluid past the inflated cuff. In contrast, more than 40 percent of patients intubated with a conventional high-volume, low-pressure cuff (n = 9) exhibited clear evidence of microaspiration.
"The difference in leakage prevention rates is likely a result of the innovative shape of [the Covidien] TaperGuard product's cuff," Dr. Mulier said. "The newly designed tapered cuff may improve the sealing rate over conventional barrel-shaped Hi-Lo endotracheal tubes."
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