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Endotracheal intubation control assembly

Imported: 24 Feb '17 | Published: 06 Jan '04

Romolo J. Gaspari

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

A control assembly for guiding the placement of an endotracheal tube during the intubation of a patient comprising a flexible stylet comprising a first magnet distally disposed on the stylet and an alignment fixture comprising a second magnet and adapted for positioning the second magnet over the cricothyroid cartilage of the patient to be intubated and retaining the second magnet in position over the cricothyroid cartilage of the patient.

Description

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SEVERAL VIEWS OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is an illustration of the components of the control assembly of the present invention;

FIG. 2 is an illustration in side section of the distal end of the stylet of the alignment fixture of the present invention;

FIG. 3 is an illustration in lateral cross-section of the distal end of the stylet of the alignment fixture of the present invention taken along the line

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3 of FIG. 2;

FIG. 4 is an illustration in lateral cross-section of the distal end of the stylet of the alignment fixture of the present invention taken along the line

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3 of FIG. 2;

FIG. 5 is an illustration of the alignment fixture of the present invention emplaced on a patient in the supine position;

FIG. 6 is an illustration of an alternative embodiment of the alignment fixture of the present invention emplaced on a patient;

FIG. 7 is an illustration in side section of the anatomy of a patient prior to commencement of an endotracheal intubation using the control assembly of the present invention;

FIG. 8 is an illustration in side section of the anatomy of a patient showing the insertion of a standard MacIntosh laryngoscopic blade during an endotracheal intubation using the control assembly of the present invention;

FIG. 9 is an illustration in side section of the anatomy of a patient showing insertion of an endotracheal tube and a stylet of the present invention during an endotracheal intubation using the control assembly of the present invention;

FIG. 10 is an illustration in side section of the anatomy of a patient showing the attraction of the first and second magnets of the present invention during an endotracheal intubation using the control assembly of the present invention; and

FIG. 11 is an illustration in side section of an alternative embodiment of the means of affixing the external magnet to the alignment fixture of the present invention

Claims

1. An endotracheal intubation assembly comprising

2. An endotracheal intubation assembly as defined in claim 2 wherein said alignment fixture comprises

3. An endotracheal intubation assembly as defined in claim 2 wherein said arcuate side aprons extend circumferentially to form an enclosed arc.

4. An endotracheal intubation assembly as defined in claim 1 wherein said second magnet is affixed to said alignment fixture by means of an upstanding flange.

5. An endotracheal intubation assembly as defined in claim 1 wherein said second magnet is removable from said alignment fixture.

6. An endotracheal intubation assembly as defined in claim 1 wherein said stylet comprises a distal end and said first magnet is disposed at the distal end of said stylet.

7. An endotracheal intubation assembly as defined in claim 1 wherein said stylet comprises a proximal end and the proximal end of said stylet is provided with a gripping surface.

8. An endotracheal intubation assembly as defined in claim 1 wherein said stylet is flexible.

9. An endotracheal intubation assembly as defined in claim 1 wherein said stylet is annular in transverse cross section.

10. An endotracheal intubation assembly as defined in claim 1 wherein said stylet is provided with a stiffening member.

11. An endotracheal intubation assembly as defined in claim 10 wherein said stiffening member is removable.

12. An endotracheal intubation assembly as defined in claim 11 wherein said stiffening member comprises a wire.

13. An endotracheal intubation assembly as defined in claim 11 wherein said stiffening member comprises a polymeric rod.

14. An endotracheal intubation assembly comprising

wherein said second magnet is removable from said alignment fixture.

15. An endotracheal intubation assembly as defined in claim 14 wherein said alignment fixture comprises

16. An endotracheal intubation assembly as defined in claim 15 wherein said arcuate side aprons extend circumferentially to form an enclosed arc.

17. An endotracheal intubation assembly as defined in claim 14 wherein said second magnet is affixed to said fixture by means of an upstanding flange.

18. An endotracheal intubation assembly as defined in claim 14 wherein said second magnet is removable from said alignment fixture.

19. An endotracheal intubation assembly as defined in claim 14 wherein said stylet comprises a distal end and said first magnet is disposed at the distal end of said stylet.

20. An endotracheal intubation assembly as defined in claim 14 wherein said stylet comprises a proximal end and the proximal end of said stylet is provided with a gripping surface.

21. An endotracheal intubation assembly as defined in claim 14 wherein said stylet is flexible.

22. An endotracheal intubation assembly as defined in claim 14 wherein said stylet is annular in transverse,cross section.

23. An endotracheal intubation assembly as defined in claim 14 wherein said stylet is provided with a stiffening member.

24. An endotracheal intubation assembly as defined in claim 23 wherein said stiffening member is removable.

25. An endotracheal intubation assembly as defined in claim 24 wherein said stiffening member comprises a wire.

26. An endotracheal intubation assembly as defined in claim 24 wherein said stiffening member comprises a polymeric rod.

27. An endotracheal intubation assembly comprising

wherein said alignment fixture comprises

28. An endotracheal intubation assembly as defined in claim 27 wherein said second magnet is affixed to said fixture by means of an upstanding flange.

29. An endotracheal intubation assembly as defined in claim 27 wherein said second magnet is removable from said alignment fixture.

30. An endotracheal intubation assembly as defined in claim 27 wherein said arcuate side aprons extend circumferentially to form an enclosed arc.

31. An endotracheal intubation assembly as defined in claim 27 wherein said stylet comprises a distal end and said first magnet is disposed at the distal end of said stylet.

32. An endotracheal intubation assembly as defined in claim 27 wherein said stylet comprises a proximal end and the proximal end of said stylet is provided with a gripping surface.

33. An endotracheal intubation assembly as defined in claim 27 wherein said stylet is flexible.

34. An endotracheal intubation assembly as defined in claim 27 wherein said stylet is annular in transverse cross section.

35. An endotracheal intubation assembly as defined in claim 27 wherein said stylet is provided with a stiffening member.

36. An endotracheal intubation assembly as defined in claim 35 wherein said stiffening member is removable.

37. An endotracheal intubation assembly as defined in claim 36 wherein said stiffening member comprises a wire.

38. An endotracheal intubation assembly as defined in claim 36 wherein said stiffening member comprises a polymeric rod.

39. An endotracheal intubation assembly comprising

wherein said alignment fixture comprises

wherein said arcuate side aprons extend circumferentially to form an enclosed arc.

40. An endotracheal intubation assembly as defined in claim 39 wherein said second magnet is affixed to said fixture by means of an upstanding flange.

41. An endotracheal intubation assembly as defined in claim 39 wherein said second magnet is removable from said alignment fixture.

42. An endotracheal intubation assembly as defined in claim 39 wherein said stylet comprises a distal end and said first magnet is disposed at the distal end of said stylet.

43. An endotracheal intubation assembly as defined in claim 39 wherein said stylet comprises a proximal end and the proximal end of said stylet is provided with a gripping surface.

44. An endotracheal intubation assembly as defined in claim 39 wherein said stylet is flexible.

45. An endotracheal intubation assembly as defined in claim 39 wherein said stylet is annular in transverse cross section.

46. An endotracheal intubation assembly as defined in claim 39 wherein said stylet is provided with a stiffening member.

47. An endotracheal intubation assembly as defined in claim 46 wherein said stiffening member is removable.

48. An endotracheal intubation assembly as defined in claim 46 wherein said stiffening member comprises a wire.

49. An endotracheal intubation assembly as defined in claim 46 wherein said stiffening member comprises a polymeric rod.