Sensitivity Training of Residents to Pressure Improves the Management of Tracheal Tube Intracuff Pressure

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You Zhi-jian 1,* Xu Hong-xia 1 Wang Xue-mei 2

1. Department of anesthesiology, First Affiliated Hospital of Medical College of Shantou University, Shantou, 515041, Guangdong Province, P. R. China

2. Department of anesthesiology, Affiliated Hospital of Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, 212001, Jiangsu Province, P. R. China

* Corresponding author.


Received: 3 May 2011 / Revised: 16 Jun. 2011 / Accepted: 22 Jul. 2011 / Published: 29 Aug. 2011

Index Terms

Incubation, intracuff pressure, pressure control ventilation, resident, tracheal tube


Insufficient cuff pressure of tracheal tube (TT) increases the risk of secretions aspiration and consequent pulmonary infection, whereas high pressure may cause tracheal injury. It is very important to control cuff pressure at the optimal status for air care providers. Volume control ventilation (VCV) is often applied to verify the cuff pressure. We used different volumes of syringe as simulated trachea, selected Proterx 7.0 tube to do the intubation, and recorded the volume of air ventilated and the corresponding intracuff pressure. The result indicated that pressures increased intensively when air volumes surpassed certain values, which suggested VCV method was not appropriate to control the intracuff pressure, and pressure control ventilation might be the better choice. In that case, air care providers have to improve their ability to control pressure. Herein, we enrolled 80 residents into sensitivity training for pressure. Trainees were required to palpate the pilot balloons of 12 tubes (Portex7.0) with different intracuff pressure repeatedly to sense the pressure, 1 hour/ day for 3 days. Trainees who could arrange tubes in turn and control the intracuff pressure at optimal range (20-30cm H2O) during intubation in model were considered eligible, the rest were trained continuously till eligible. Inappropriate percent -The proportion of residents who could not control intracuff pressure appropriately - were recorded before training, after training, one month, three months and six months after training. The results indicated that the training method was effective to improve the ability of residents to control the intracuff pressure, the inappropriate percent increased gradually over time, the average intracuff pressure surpassed the optimal value at six months post-training, suggesting six months should be time point for retraining.

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You Zhi-jian,Xu Hong-xia,Wang Xue-mei,"Sensitivity Training of Residents to Pressure Improves the Management of Tracheal Tube Intracuff Pressure", IJEM, vol.1, no.4, pp.53-58, 2011. DOI: 10.5815/ijem.2011.04.08 


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