Though nursing and physician training is comprehensive, RTs have more specialized knowledge in the respiratory system and many believe the job of airway clearance and tracheostomy care should fall to them.
Clinicians and manufacturers are looking to a combination of technology, research, and best practices to fight ventilator-associated pneumonia, which, despite progress, continues to afflict thousands of patients every year.
RT Magazine’s Technology Guide for Secretion Clearance devices is now available as a downloadable pdf. This Secretion Clearance Technology Guide is generously underwritten by Electromed Inc and its SmartVest Airway Clearance devices.
The landscape for the airway clearance industry is poised for dramatic change, and technology is helping to take the segment in a new direction.
Electromed Inc has received FDA market clearance for its SmartVest SQL Airway Clearance System. SQL delivers high frequency chest wall oscillation (HFCWO) to promote airway clearance, improve bronchial drainage, and enhance mucus transport.
The KimVent MICROCUFF Subglottic Suctioning Endotracheal Tube is the first subglottic suctioning ETT that is FDA Cleared for saline use. It is designed to provide a more effective method to help prevent cross-contamination and micro-aspirations.
RT spotlights 6 secretion clearance devices from leading manufacturers: Electromed, General Physiotherapy, International Biophysics Corp, Medical Acoustics, MedInnovation Technology Group, and MEDQUIP.
Portability, comfort, and patient compliance have become the largest factors driving the home care segment of the secretion clearance market.
Hill-Rom received marketing approval from the FDA for the MetaNeb 4.0 System, which will begin shipping in June.
Secretion clearance technology is becoming less labor-intensive and more focused on home treatments.