Eliminate Procedural Duck-Bites
How to Eliminate "Duck-Bites" by using the FastTract ™ Procedure
Instead of the Modified Seldinger Technique.
Definition: "Duck-Bite": A routine or simple problem that makes managing a transtracheal oxygen patient labor intensive for the physician and staff.
Advantages of the FastTract ™ Procedure Compared to the Modified Seldinger Technique (MST).
- Transtracheal oxygen can be initiated in 24 hours or less vs. having to wait one week with the MST. Patients experience the benefits of transtracheal oxygen therapy the next day, instead of the next week.
- Phase three (transtracheal oxygen with an immature tract) is reduced from 6-8 weeks (MST) to just 10-14 days. The number of scheduled and unscheduled follow-up visits is reduced. This is more cost effective and more convenient for patients.
- Reduced incidence of patients with sputum problems. Since the patient's transtracheal tract matures in just two weeks, the patient begins removing the catheter for cleaning much sooner. Stripping the catheter twice daily virtually eliminates mucus balls from developing and cuts down substantially on follow-up calls and visits for sputum problems.
- Reduced incidence of lost tracts, because the tract is surgically created. A surgically created tract takes longer to close than a MST created tract. This makes it easier for patients themselves to reinsert the catheter should their catheter accidentally come out, preventing emergency room visits at all times of the day and night.
- Reduced incidence of chondritis. The surgically created tract using the T-10 FastTract™ Procedure Kit and instruments is less likely to involve cartilage violation than the MST. Lower incidence of cartilage inflammation results in lower incidence of chondritis.
- The busy pulmonologist who believes in transtracheal oxygen therapy, but simply doesn't have the time to do the MST procedure, can simply refer the patient to an ENT or surgical colleague to do the FastTract™ procedure. The pulmonologist is still responsible for patient selection and maintains overall care of the patient.
Duck-Bites can never be completely eliminated, but with the FastTract™ procedure, they can be reduced to a very manageable number. Call our Technical Support Division 800-527-2667, ext. 202 or 204 for more information.