Ergonomic Tracheal Suction System
Background: Tracheal suction catheters used today by respiratory therapists have a number of drawbacks. First, the therapist operating the tracheal suction catheter is directly exposed to the patient's secretions and mucus due to the catheter's design. Second the design of the catheter causes the therapist to operate the valves with repetitive motions that may injure and/or damage the therapist's hand. Therefore a safer system of suction regulation and delivery is desirable. Technology: University of California, Irvine researchers have developed an ergonomic tracheal suction system that would reduce injury to the therapist's hand and also reduce the therapist's exposure to infectious fluids from the patient.
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