Foreign body aspirations require urgent intervention to prevent life threatening complications. Rigid bronchoscopes facilitate removal of foreign objects and serve as an airway to maintain patient oxygenation during the procedure. Use of these bronchoscopes, however, is limited by complicated assembly, poor fit, and increased flow resistance.
A novel rigid bronchoscope improves the flow of gas during foreign body removal in pediatrics patients to prevent complications. The bronchoscope is a single system that contains a lighting and imaging system to provide continuous viewing of the airway. The proximal and distal ends allow for increased movement of instruments. A disposable cuff attached to the bronchoscope maintains positive pressure ventilation. The device requires minimal assembly and facilitates more efficient intervention to restore ventilation.