Ventilator Associated Pneumonia (VAP)
In long-term ventilated patients subglottic secretions can accumulate above the cuff of the Endotracheal Tube or the Tracheostomy Tube and hence, represent an ideal growth medium for bacteria. By microaspiration along the cuff, these contaminated secretions might pass into the lower respiratory tract and become a potential cause of lower airway infection, including Ventilator Associated Pneumonia (VAP). Clinical studies have shown that frequent or continuous elimination of subglottic secretions decreases the risk of VAP. 1-2
Integrated Suction Line
The Unomedical ETT Suction Endotracheal Tube features an integrated suction line with a suction port above the cuff. By simple procedures using a syringe, or by utilization of wall suction, the ETT Suction enables removal of subglottic secretions in order to help reduce the incidence of VAP.
Increased pressure distribution and effective sealing
The Unomedical ETT Suction features the Extended Volume Low Pressure cuff (EVLP). The cuff is designed to provide effective sealing of the trachea as well as increased pressure distribution to reduce mucosal irritation. Additionally, the EVLP cuff provides vertical elasticity against the tube shaft to buffer short-term intratracheal pressures, e.g. coughing, thus keeping the tube in the correct position. The ETT Suction tube contains all the additional benefits of the high quality Unomedical Endotracheal Tubes, in order to enhance overall patient safety and improve ease of use.
 Smulders K, van der Hoeven H, Weers-Pothoff I, Vandenbroucke-Grauls C. A randomized clinical trial of intermittent subglottic secretion drainage in patients receiving mechanical ventilation. Chest. 2002;121:858-862
 Dezfulian C, Shojania K, Collard H, Kim M, Matthay M, Saint S. Subglottic secretion drainage for preventing ventilator-associated pneumonia: a meta-analysis. The American Journal of medicine. 2005;118:11-18