METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR TRANSCUTANEOUS MONITORING OF ENDOTRACHEAL TUBE PLACEMENT

Invention Summary:

Intubating a patient always poses a challenge due to the anatomy of the throat. Most often the tube is inserted into the esophagus by mistake. Insertion of an endotracheal tube into the trachea requires a skilled practitioner and direct visualization that requires the use of a laryngoscope. After the insertion of the laryngoscope into the mouth, the neck of the patient needs to be extended so the inlet of the trachea can be visualized to navigate the tube directly toward it. The procedure is cumbersome and poses a serious risk for patients with neck injury.

Researchers at Rutgers have developed a novel method and system for transcutaneous monitoring of endotracheal tube placement. More specifically, the following invention provides an outside guiding mechanism that guides the operator to insert the tube into the trachea without the need for direct visualization. The proposed method eliminates the need for a laryngoscope and subsequently extension of the patient’s neck.

Market Applications:

Development of an endotracheal tube for safe and easy placement into a patient’s trachea

Intellectual Property & Development Status:

  • United States Patent Number 7,543,586 granted on June 9, 2009
  • Published PCT application: PCT/US2006/046940 
Rutgers ID: S05-24
Category(s):
Life Sciences
Medical Devices
Contact:
Lisa Lyu
Licensing Manager
848-932-4539
lisa.lyu@rutgers.edu
Inventors:
Adnan Qureshi
Afshin Divani
Keywords:
Surgery