Annually, thousands of chest tubes are placed into the pleural space of patients who have excessive air and/or fluid collapsing the lung. Currently, chest tube placement requires either an extremely painful “medieval” incision and clamp technique, or a trocar/dilator system. Both are “blind” procedures which often lead to poor tube position, organ damage, and in some circumstances, death.
Dr. Robert Cameron, Professor of Clinical Cardiothoracic Surgery and Surgical Oncology in the Department of Surgery at UCLA, has designed a novel trocar system that supports real-time visual monitoring of chest tube placement. The device capitalizes on existing medical video technology to provide real-time monitoring and guidance of anatomical position of the chest tube during placement.
|United States Of America||Published Application||20150342699||12/03/2015||2012-287|
Chest tube, visualization, bronchoscope, medical device, intensive care