A Hadassah medical team, in collaboration with researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have developed a completely new device that allows robot guided intubation without risk to the patient.
Tracheal intubation is necessary for patients under anesthesia or those experiencing severe problems breathing. Currently, to achieve intubation, physicians have to choose between two very similar openings in the throat, one leading to the lungs and the other to the stomach. Choosing the wrong opening can have dramatic consequences that can sometimes lead to the death of the patient. Moreover, some intubation procedures may take place under difficult conditions such as in a military operation theater or when body fluids obstruct the openings.
To respond to these challenges, a team of Hadassah and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has developed the GuideIN Tube, a device that allows the doctor to identify with certainty the trachea leading to the lungs.
To the skeptics that claim that few seasoned physicians encounter problems performing this routine procedure, the researcher Itay Hayut in charge of the project for the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, responds by saying that “We have designed this camera with emergency personnel on the ground in mind. We wanted to create a device on which they can rely with their eyes closed.”
The GuideIN Tube Team indicates that in the United States, more than 20 million intubations are performed each year. Approximately 2.6 million difficult intubations, where the view is obstructed, are performed each year in the U.S. at a cost of about $ 910 million.
Dr. Elchanan Fried, Director General of the Department of Intensive Care at Hadassah Medical Center, stated that there’s no doubt that the ” GuideIN Tube is the future of intubation.”