Small Diameter Catheter Tubing Offer a Breath of Fresh Air

We can often take a breath for granted, unless you’re someone who suffers from respiratory issues or chronic bronchitis. You then learn to appreciate the availability and reliability of catheter tubing, particularly if they are on the receiving end of a tracheal bronchial catheter to help you breathe.

But for the doctor responsible for maneuvering the catheter tubing delicately through a patient without harming their tracheal tract is even more appreciative of its flexible, small diameter characteristics.

For decades, doctors have used catheter tubing to assist bronchial patients to improve breathing as the bronchial catheter assists in suction fluids from the lungs. However, the use of small diameter catheter tubing has also aided in the treatment of lung cancer patients. In most patients with lung cancer, tumors are blocking their bronchial tubes thereby impacting their ability to breathe easily. Treatment often calls for high doses of radiation. By inserting a small diameter bronchial catheter tubing into the patient, the radiation source can be passed through the catheter to reach the exact tumor site, thereby hopefully, reducing the tumor and facilitating in better respiratory function. The catheter tubing, of course, is later removed post treatment.

Catheter tubing may also provide for superior care in situations where a patient is having difficulty in being weaned from a ventilator. In this case, the doctor will perform a tracheostomy and insert a small diameter catheter tube through the patient’s throat to assist in the patient’s breathing comfort while transitioning them from one form of breathing apparatus to another. The catheter tubing will remain in place until the patient is well enough to breathe on their own.

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