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The smaller [the medical catheter tubing] the better …

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

In the case of medical catheter tubing, size does matter. And it is during medical procedures that utilize catheter tubes that medical catheter tubing be manufactured to the smallest diameter possible.

The manufacturing of catheter tubes is a sensitive procedure as optimizing its performance is ever so critical. The purposes for which medical catheter tubes are utilized are essentially a matter of life and (hopefully not) death.
Medical catheter tubes are designed so that it allows for some of the following performance criteria:

Ease of Use – Catheter tubing has to withstand the pressure of it being inserted into a patient and withdrawn without difficulty.

Kink Resistance – Often times because of the required length of medical catheter tubes, it’s imperative that it maintain its rigidity and flexibility so that a catheter tube can be manipulated in complex procedures.

Pressure resistance – Much along the ideas noted above, because medical catheter tubes are small in diameter, it also must maintain its properties to continue performing reliably under any conditions to which the catheter tube is exposed.

Most importantly, it’s exact position adjustability of medical catheter tubing that medical professionals rely upon. Catheter tubes need to be designed to allow for accuracy during the insertion process, whether it’s being inserted into a blood vessel, cavity, or any part of the body. It must allow for a smooth and uncompromised flow of fluids, such as an IV, or permit for the easy removal of a blood clot.

Despite the small diameter of medical catheter tubing it functions as one of the most resilient tubes manufactured by custom tubing manufacturers.

Small Diameter Catheter Tubing Offer a Breath of Fresh Air

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

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.