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- An intact pilot balloon is crucial to proper function of a cuffed endotracheal tube (ETT).
- Failure of the pilot balloon or disruption of the inflation tubing results in cuff deflation which may lead to inadequate ventilation and aspiration of oropharyngeal secretions.
- We describe a method that we employed using readily available components to repair a pilot balloon and inflation tubing, and report on the effectiveness of the repair method, as tested in vitro.
Effectiveness of a New Method for Endotracheal Tube Pilot Balloon Repair
Dayan, MD, Amir C. and Epstein, MD, Richard H., "Effectiveness of a New Method for Endotracheal Tube Pilot Balloon Repair" (2016). Department of Anesthesiology Posters. 1.