Bedside PDT

The cost effective scope for 
Percutaneous Dilatational Tracheostomy 

Percutaneous Dilatational Tracheostomy is a routine procedure in the ICU

Percutaneous Dilatational Tracheostomy (PDT) is a common bedside procedure for prolonged mechanical ventilation in the adult critical care unit. Fibreoptic bronchoscopy (FOB) is recommended for routine use during a PDT procedure as it provides a direct view and enhances patient safety

Clinical guidelines recommend use of bronchoscopy guidance during PDT 

Tracheostomy on the intensive care unit has become a routine procedure. This trend is reflected in updates of clinical guidelines recommending the immediate availability and use of flexible bronchoscopes and bronchoscopy guidance during PDT procedures.

Difficulty in managing the airway including percutaneous tracheostomy placement was the single most important cause of major anaesthesia related morbidity and mortality disclosed in the extensive NAP4 review from March 2011. Based on the findings it was recommended in the NAP4 report that a flexible bronchoscope should be immediately available on the ICU to assist with percutaneous tracheostomy placement as well as for regular checking of the position of tracheostomy tubes.

aScope 4 Broncho offers a clear endoscopic view, allowing the operator to verify the accurate placement of the guidewire, needle and tracheostomy tube preventing damage to the patient.

 

aScope 4 Broncho for endoscopic guidance during PDT

aScope 4 Broncho offers a clear endoscopic view, allowing the operator to verify the accurate placement of the guidewire, needle and tracheostomy tube preventing damage to the patient.

aScope 4 Broncho Large

Bronchoscopy guidance during PDT is likely to improve patient safety

Bronchoscopy guidance during PDT is likely to improve patient safety as it can guide to correct placement of the introducer needle, the guidewire, as well as the cannula during the procedure.

With bronchoscopy guidance severe complications such as perforation of the tracheal wall may be avoided.

Bronchoscopy guidance however is only one of several factors to improve patient safety during PDT.

According to Simon et al1 when performing PDT strict consideration of contraindications, bronchoscopy guidance during the entire procedure, an experienced team, avoidance of a low tracheostomy puncture site and avoidance of guidewire kinking, as well as the use of outer flange tracheal cannula sutures are amongst the most important factors to improve patient safety.

Bronchoscopy guidance during the PDT procedure enhances patient safety

After the PDT procedure, correct placement of the tracheostomy tube is verified.

Worried about damaging your bronchoscope during PDT?

aScope 4 Broncho is the ideal alternative to reusable scopes for visual monitoring during PDT procedures.

The light-weight design of aScope 4 Broncho makes it easy to handle and the portability of the aScope system is convenient for bedside procedures in the intensive care unit. 
 
aScope offers a clear endoscopic view, allowing the operator to verify the accurate placement of the guidewire, needle and tracheostomy tube preventing damage to the patient. 
 
The single-use concept has clear cost advantages as it eliminates all repair costs normally associated with the use of reusable bronchoscopes for PDT procedures. Further, it increases patient safety as there is no risk of cross-contamination between patients.

References

 

  1. Simon et al. Death after percutaneous dilatational tracheostomy: a systematic review and analysis of risk factors, Critical Care 2013, 17:R258
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