Troop Elevation Pillow – Disposable
The Troop Elevation Pillow makes it easier to position the patient in a way which facilitates easier induction and intubation as well maintaining the airway intra-operatively, during emergence, and even post-operatively in PACU. Proper airway positioning leads to better pre-oxygenation, successful first-pass intubation, faster intubation, and faster anesthesia start times
- Facilitates head elevated laryngoscopy position (H.E.L.P.) that can help avoid multiple intubation attempts
- Reduce risk of surgery cancellation due to failed intubation
- Decrease O.R. costs with quicker time to intubation, less intubation attempts, and quicker time to incision
- Disposable barrier covers are included with disposable elevation pillow and help mitigate the risk for infection
Troop Elevation Pillow – Disposable
The Troop Elevation Pillow quickly achieves head elevated laryngoscopy position (H.E.L.P.) which facilitates airway management. Proper positioning is important for patient safety and as patients have become more obese, multiple blanket stacks are time consuming, unstable, and yield unpredictable results. The Troop Elevation Pillow is better for the patient and the provider by providing an easy to use, stable, and predictable solution for positioning obese patients.
Better airway management could reduce hospital costs by avoiding unplanned ICU admissions, case cancellations, and the costs associated with wasted hospital supplies on a failed intubation. The Troop Elevation Pillow is currently referenced in five anesthesia textbooks and numerous national and international anesthesia articles.
- Disposable Barrier Covers help mitigate the risk of infection, failure to use the barrier covers voids the warranty
- Head elevated laryngoscopy position improves line of sight and laryngoscopy view for the anesthesia medical professional
- Troop Elevation Pillow Addition assists with patients with a BMI over 50
Clinical Insights and Benefits
The Troop Elevation Pillow facilitates airway management for obese/OSA patients by consistently achieving the head elevated laryngoscopy positioning (H.E.L.P.). H.E.L.P., which the head is visibly above the shoulder with horizontal alignment between the external auditory meatus and sternal notch, improves visualization during direct laryngoscopy compared to the sniffing position in obese patients. Other benefits include more efficient preoxygenation and easier bag-mask ventilation in obese patients.
For super morbidly obese patients (BMI greater than 50), the addition is utilized to achieve H.E.L.P.. This position is mutually beneficial to the patient and anesthesia medical provider as it facilitates successful 1st pass intubation for obese patients. This positioning technique compliments all forms of airway management – direct laryngoscopy, GlideScope, Airtraq, etc.
Traditionally, the ramped position has been achieved with an assortment of blankets stacked behind the patient. For today’s obese patients, blankets simply are not enough. Blankets become unstable and can shift position during intubation and throughout the case. The Troop Elevation Pillow offers an easy to use, simple, and predictable result for positioning obese patients.
Troop Elevation Pillow for the Obese Patient
By facilitating H.E.L.P., The Troop Elevation Pillow improves the ease of breathing for the obese patient which leads to better pre-oxygenation levels. Improved respiratory mechanics can help reduce anxiety in obese patients preparing for surgery.
Troop Elevation Pillow for the Anesthesia Provider
The Troop Elevation Pillow helps to promote alignment of the upper airway axes of obese patients by ramping the torso and elevating the head. By aligning these axes, anesthesia providers can better manage airways of obese/OSA patients.
ESP – Easy, Stable, Predictable Results
The Troop Elevation Pillow is easy for the anesthesia provider to set up, a stable platform throughout the case, and yields a predictable positioning result regardless of patient size. The Troop Elevation Pillow can also be used as a surgical aid for ACDF, ENT, and thyroid procedures.
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