Stairway Medical has developed a new medical device that maintains an open airway during sedation.
It is becoming increasingly common to use a method referred to as procedure-related sedation in connection with various medical examinations and treatments, rather than using anaesthesia or leaving the patient fully awake. The method entails that the patient is given a short-acting sedative drug to produce moderate drowsiness, which is adapted to counteract both discomfort during the procedure and fatigue and confusion afterwards.
The risk involved in procedural sedation is that the airway may become blocked as drowsiness increases, leading to respiratory arrest. The device developed by Stairway Medical maintains an open airway even when drowsiness increases, making it easier and safer to sedate patients.
Medical device for open airway during sedation.
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