Challenges of Pain Control in the Ambulatory Surgery Setting
The nasogastric tube with hypopharyngeal suction has a novel functionality built into a nasogastric or an orogastric tube. Existing nasogastric/orgastric tubes do not have suction intakes in the area of the hypopharynx. An intake in this area would reduce the risk of infection and aspiration of fluid and blood into the glottis coming up around the nasogastric tube or from the superior areas. This new device described here addresses the above problem by capturing the contents around nasogastric/orgastric tubes at the level of the glottis/hypopharynx level in addition to the traditional gastric suction.