The invention is an endotracheal tube cuff with integrated sensors to measure the pressure between the tube and the trachea.
• Pressure sensors allow for detection of leaks
• Inflation of the cuff can be controlled based on the detected pressure
• Better control of cuff pressure prevents erosion of the tracheal wall
• Designed for use in neonates
• Very economical to manufacture
The global endotracheal tube market was approximately $2 billion in 2019. Additionally, intubation related injuries lead to significant cost increases (approximately $2,000 and 1.1 additional days of hospitalization). Endotracheal tube design should ensure proper fitment and reduce injuries while improving patient experience and outcomes.
The present invention is an endotracheal tube that has a cuff with integrated sensors. The integrated sensors allow for measurement and adjustment of cuff pressure to prevent injury to the tracheal wall while maximizing the seal to prevent leakage
A prototype has been built and tested on a mannequin in a state-of-the-art simulation facility