The TaperGuard line of endotracheal tubes incorporates a unique, taper-shaped cuff made from polyvinylchloride (PVC) that is designed to substantially reduce the risk of microaspiration. The TaperGuard Evac endotracheal tube additionally provides for secretion drainage through an integrated suction lumen. As a result, the TaperGuard Evac endotracheal tube is associated with a reduction in ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP).
Microaspiration refers to the entry of foreign material into the respiratory tract. The TaperGuard line of endotracheal tubes offers a superior cuff seal, compared with conventional endotracheal tubes, to help block secretions from entering the airways. Specifically, the innovative taper-shaped cuff design substantially reduces microaspiration by an average of 90%, versus the conventional barrel-shaped PVC cuff, found on the most widely used endotracheal tube -- the Mallinckrodt Hi-Lo endotracheal tube.i
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