Cuffed ventilation tube and electronic cuff pressure monitor and controller designed to stop leakage of pathogenic oral secretions and stomach contents into the lungs, preventing ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP).
Unlike standard ventilation tubes, PneuX has a cuff which achieves an effective seal inside the patient’s trachea, which prevents leakage or aspiration of bacteria-contaminated secretions into the lungs. The cuff pressure monitor continuously measures pressure and ensures the seal remains effective at all times, even when the patient coughs or moves. PneuX can be used in any patient requiring mechanical ventilation in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), emergency department or for patients undergoing major surgery in operating theatres.
Peter is Consultant in Anesthesia and Critical Care at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Kings Lynn. He is a serial innovator having developed ten devices, four of which so far have been brought to market.