Cook Medical is releasing its Ciaglia Blue Dolphin device for an elective percutaneous dilational tracheostomy (PDT), which combines balloon dilation and tracheal tube insertion into one step and promises easier and safer delivery.
From the press release:
The balloon minimizes pressure on the anterior tracheal wall and delivers an even and controlled radial dilation. This significantly reduces the downward force needed to create a tracheal stoma compared to traditional PDTs. Additionally, the device may minimize bleeding, ring fractures and posterior wall perforations by eliminating the need for a dilator to advance back and forth in the trachea, and by limiting soft tissue dissection to a simple skin incision. Due to the “elastic memory” of tissue, the stoma tightly contracts around the tracheostomy tube once the procedure is complete, providing the needed seal and tamponade effect to help prevent bleeding.
From the product page:
The set consists of a balloon-tipped catheter loading dilator assembly; Cook inflation device; wire guide; 18-gage introducer needle; 18-gage TFE sheath needle; needle holder cup; 14 French dilator; large full-body drape with clear plastic window; gauze pads; disposable syringe; measuring tape; disposable safety scalpel; and lubricating jelly. A separate, sterile tracheostomy tube is also included in an optional set.
The tray contains the set components and other items necessary for a bedside procedure, including lidocaine; 22-, 25-, and 18-gage needles; double swivel connector; Chlorhexidine/alcohol prep solution; suture with needle; CSR wrap; and prep tray. A separate, sterile tracheostomy tube is also included in an optional tray.
Press release: Cook Medical Introduces Ciaglia Blue Dolphin™ Percutaneous Dilational Tracheostomy Device…
Product page: Ciaglia Blue Dolphin…