Kimberly-Clark has announced the introduction of KimVent MICROCUFF subglottic suctioning endotracheal tube (ETT), the first subglottic suctioning ETT to be the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared for saline use providing for more effective clearing of potentially harmful clogs.

The MICROCUFF subglottic ETT offers more effective subglottic suctioning and prevention against microaspiration.

It also provides more effective prevention against cross-contamination to both patients and healthcare professionals.

MICROCUFF Subglottic ETT features an ergonomic subglottic suction valve and integrated rinse port, enabling controlled rinsing and suctioning of the lumen in a single cycle, without the need to open the suction circuit. This unique feature provides for more effective clearing.

A recent study conducted on behalf of Kimberly-Clark by Clinimark Labs found that using saline to loosen secretions and clear the lumen is both more effective† at preventing and clearing clogs, and more efficient for suctioning secretions when compared to air bolus.

The same study also found MICROCUFF Subglottic ETT’s unique design allows medical professionals to provide periodic saline rinsing as a preventative measure against clogging, improving suctioning effectiveness to their ventilated patients.

The advanced cylindrical-shape of MICROCUFF Subglottic ETT’s polyurethane cuff provides a superior tracheal seal, preventing leakage up to 93%1 and enables the use of saline. Polyurethane cuffs prevent fluid leakage, demonstrating 93% less mircroaspiration than competitive products.

Kimberly-Clark Health Care global medical devices vice president Chris Lowery noted the company is committed to helping its customers reduce the prevalence of ventilator-associated events.

"We are steadfast in our mission to help our customers improve patient care. The MICROCUFF* Subglottic ETT is a breakthrough in patient safety that helps to eliminate cross contamination and leakage, and for the first time enables the use of saline for clearing the lumen," Lowery added.

KimVent MICROCUFF subglottic suction ETT is available immediately.