Overview

Clinician Inspired Solutions that Build on a Legacy of Innovation

The new family of Shiley™ flexible adult tracheostomy tubes incorporates several design advances that may help enhance patient safety, simplify patient care and facilitate positive outcomes across the patient-care continuum.

These clinician-inspired enhancements include the unique taper-shaped TaperGuard™ cuff. With the TaperGuard™ cuff, Shiley™ flexible tubes help protect the lungs and reduce tracheal impact by reducing fluid leakage by 99%([FOOTNOTE=Internal bench-top testing results. Results reflect testing the Shiley™ flexible adult tracheostomy tube with TaperGuard™ cuff, disposable inner cannula versus the Shiley™ DCT tracheostomy tube with disposable inner cannula at the same cuff pressure of 25 cm H2O],[ANCHOR=],[LINK=]) and exerting 18.6% less lateral wall pressure on the trachea.([FOOTNOTE=Based on internal testing comparing the Shiley™ flexible adult tracheostomy tube with TaperGuard™ cuff to the Shiley™ DCT tracheostomy tube cuffed],[ANCHOR=],[LINK=]) In addition, TaperGuard™ cuff technology helps improve a clinician’s ability to provide mechanical ventilation with the ability to titrate ventilator air leak that is 65% greater than with earlier-generation Shiley™ tubes.([FOOTNOTE=Internal bench-top testing results. Results reflect the Shiley™ flexible adult tracheostomy tube with TaperGuard™ cuff, disposable inner cannula tubes’ ability to titrate / control ventilator air leak in comparison to the Shiley™ tracheostomy tube cuffed with disposable inner cannula (DCT).],[ANCHOR=],[LINK=])

In another important change, the new Shiley™ flexible tubes were designed with larger inner diameters, compared to earlier Shiley™ tracheostomy tubes. Airflow around the outer cannula when the cuff is deflated has increased by an average of 242%.2 It has been found that improved airflow may reduce the work of breathing required to speak and wean from a tracheostomy tube.([FOOTNOTE=Mullins JB, Templer JW, Kong J, et al. Airway resistance and work of breathing in tracheostomy tubes. Laryngoscope. 1993;103(12):1367-1372.],[ANCHOR=],[LINK=])

Other enhancements in the new family of Shiley™ flexible tracheostomy tubes include color-coding by size (for disposable inner cannula products only), an expanded range of sizes, a soft material made with a citrate-based plasticizer, a clear flange and a design that make it possible to ventilate with or without an inner cannula.

Shiley™ Flexible Tracheostomy Tubes Product Tour

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Features

Initial Placement

Help Enable Easier Insertion and Removal

  • Low profile cuff — A thinner, less bulky cuff reduces insertion force by 39%.1
  • Beveled tip — A beveled tip on all product configurations eases percutaneous insertion.

May Enhance Patient Fit and Comfort

  • Flexible cannula — The outer cannula is flexible enough to conform to the patient’s airway, but rigid enough to maintain airway patency.
  • Familiar sizes — The tubes use sizing (I.D., O.D., length and tube curvature) that is substantially equivalent to those used in earlier Shiley™ products.
  • Size choices — Additional sizes have been added to improve patient fit when needed.

Mechanical Ventilation

Help Improve Clinician’s Ability to Provide Mechanical Ventilation

  • Taper-shaped-cuff — The ability to titrate ventilator air leak is 65% greater with the addition of TaperGuard™ cuff technology.2
  • Integrated connector — The 15mm connector on the Shiley™ flexible tracheostomy tubes is now integrated into the outer cannula, which enables ventilation with or without an inner cannula.

Skin Care

May Reduce the Risk of Skin Breakdown

  • Flange material — The flange features a transparent, soft material designed to conform to the patient’s clavicle to help reduce the risk of skin breakdown.
  • Flange windows — The central portion of the flange has windows designed to improve airflow to sensitive skin. It is offset to help reduce contact with the patient’s skin. 

Trachea, Lung Protection, and Weaning

Help Protect the Lungs

  • Taper-shaped-cuff — With the TaperGuard™ cuff, the tube reduces fluid leakage by 99%.3

Help Reduce Impact on the Trachea

  • Wall pressure — The tube exerts 18.6%4 less lateral wall pressure on the trachea.1

Weaning

Help Reduce the Work of Breathing

  • Increased airflow — Airflow around the outer cannula when the cuff is deflated has increased by an average of 242%.1
  • Work of breathing — Improved airflow may reduce the work of breathing required to speak and wean from a tracheostomy tube.5

Other Features

  • New material — Shiley™ tracheostomy tubes are now manufactured with a citrate-based plasticizer.
  • Reusable inner cannula — May be cleaned and reused up to 29 days for same patient use.

Specifications