CATHETER MOUNTS WITH DOUBLE SWIVEL ELBOWS
Catheter mounts with double swivel elbows are medical devices designed to facilitate the administration of various medical gases and provide a flexible connection between a patient’s airway and a ventilator or other respiratory equipment. These devices offer several important uses in healthcare settings, including:
- Ventilation and Respiratory Support: Catheter mounts with double swivel elbows are commonly used in critical care units and operating rooms to connect patients to mechanical ventilators. They allow for the delivery of oxygen and other respiratory gases while providing flexibility and ease of movement for the patient.
- Reducing Tubing Stress: These devices help reduce stress and tension on the endotracheal tube or tracheostomy tube. By allowing for movement and adjustment without tugging or pulling on the tube, they help prevent accidental dislodgment or trauma to the airway.
- Minimizing Circuit Disconnects: The double swivel elbows enable easy repositioning of the ventilator circuit tubing without disconnecting it from the patient’s airway. This reduces the risk of contamination and ensures a continuous flow of gases.
- Infection Control: Catheter mounts with double swivel elbows often include built-in filters and/or moisture traps to help prevent the spread of infections and protect the patient’s airway from contaminants.
- Enhanced Comfort: These mounts improve patient comfort by allowing for more natural head movement and reducing the sensation of being tethered to the ventilator. This can help reduce agitation and discomfort in ventilated patients.
- Flexibility in Positioning: Healthcare providers can adjust the angle and position of the catheter mount to optimize the patient’s comfort and access for medical procedures, such as suctioning or bronchoscopy.
- Transportation: Catheter mounts are also used during patient transportation within a hospital or between healthcare facilities. They maintain a secure connection between the patient and the ventilator while allowing for movement and adjustments as needed.
- Neonatal Care: In neonatal intensive care units (NICUs), catheter mounts with double swivel elbows are essential for delivering respiratory support to premature infants and newborns with respiratory distress syndrome (RDS).
- Long-term Ventilation: Patients who require long-term mechanical ventilation, such as those with chronic respiratory conditions or spinal cord injuries, may benefit from catheter mounts to maintain a secure and comfortable connection to the ventilator.
- Home Care: In some cases, patients may be discharged with catheter mounts to continue their respiratory support at home, allowing for greater mobility and independence.