SealGuard™ Basic and SealGuard™ Evac endotracheal tubes offers the same patented TaperGuard™ cuff technology, with an integrated cuff inflation line and integrated suction lumen. The SealGuard™ Evac endotracheal tube features an ultra-thin polyurethane cuff that permits lower cuff pressures to maintain proper tracheal seal.([FOOTNOTE=Lorente L. Influence of an endotracheal tube with polyurethane cuff and subglottic drainage on pneumonia. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. 2007; 176: 1079-1083.],[ANCHOR=],[LINK=]) It also features a smooth Murphy eye for easy insertion and is suitable for both nasal and oral insertion.
The SealGuard™ Evac tracheal tube has been proven to reduce microaspirations and thus reduce the incidence of VAP.1,([FOOTNOTE=Smulders K, van der Hoeven H,Weers-Pothoff I, Vandenbroucke-Grauls, C. A randomized clinical trial of intermittent subglottic secretion drainage in patients receiving mechanical ventilation. Chest. 2002; 121: 858-862.],[ANCHOR=],[LINK=]),([FOOTNOTE=Bouza E. Continuous aspiration of subglottic secretions in the prevention of ventilator-associated pneumonia in the postoperative period of major heart surgery. Chest. 2008; 134: 938-946.],[ANCHOR=],[LINK=]),([FOOTNOTE=Warren D, Shukla S, Olson M, et al. Outcome and attributable cost of ventilator-associated pneumonia among intensive care unit patients in a suburban medical center. Critical Care Medicine. 2003; 31: 1312-1317.],[ANCHOR=],[LINK=]),([FOOTNOTE=Kollef MH, et al. The effect of late-onset, ventilator-associated pneumonia in determining patient mortality. Chest. 1995; 108(6): 1665-62.],[ANCHOR=],[LINK=]) The tapered shape of the cuff and the polyurethane material used to make the cuff, enables this tube to fit snuggly within the tracheal walls.