Innovative oropharyngeal airway introduced at EMS Today

1 set of 3 can replace a whole kit of Berman or Hudson style OPAs

The Dual-Air from NuZone Medical is an innovative oropharyngeal airway. A set of three can replace a whole kit of Berman or Hudson style OPAs.  It comes in both adult and pediatric sizes, and solves several problems with existing oral airway.

The Dual-Air is easy to size and insert. The adjustable sliding components allow you to move the tounge out of the way more effectively. Think of it as an oral airway split in half that articulates. It creates a larger opening for gas, reducing inspiratory pressures. This improves flow and enhances your ability to seal the face mask.

It also offers improved access for suctioning. You can easily pass a 14 fr.suction catheter down the large channel, bypassing both tounge and teeth easily. It is a whole lot easier to intubate if you have really suctioned out the pharynx properly first before pulling the oral airway out. It was developed by Dan Ogilvie, RRT and Beata Zawadzka, RN.

Dual-Air is more convenient for rescuers and likely more comfortable for the patient. The Dual-Air means you carry less stuff to do more things. It lloks to me like they solved several problems with existing oral airways.

One of the nicest features is how easily it is applied. Say for example, you have a heavily intoxicated patient who is snoring. Once the Dual-Air is inserted, you can ratchet the airway pulling the tongue away from the hard palate until the snoring sound goes away. Sweet. For details check out their YouTube videos.

About the author

Dan White, EMT-P works for Intersurgical, Inc. as the National Account Manager for EMS. Immediately prior he ran Arasan, LLC. He served as Sales & Marketing Director for Truphatek, Inc. and before that Director of Corporate Planning & Product Development for AllMed. He has been certified as a paramedic since 1978 and an EMS and ACLS instructor since 1981. Dan has designed many emergency medical products since his first, the White Pulmonary Resuscitator, including the Prolite Speedboad, Cook Needle Decompression Kit and RapTag Triage System. His more recent EMS product designs are the Arasan Ultra EMS Coat and the B2 Paramedic Helmet.

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