Lung Isolation Device Rolled out Across NHS

3 February 2010 (Last Updated February 3rd, 2010 18:30)

A device to isolate one lung from the other during thoracic surgery has been rolled out across the UK's NHS hospitals. The Papworth BiVent Endotracheal Tube, developed at Papworth Hospital, allows ventilation to one lung to be stopped while maintaining ventilation of the other.

A device to isolate one lung from the other during thoracic surgery has been rolled out across the UK's NHS hospitals.

The Papworth BiVent Endotracheal Tube, developed at Papworth Hospital, allows ventilation to one lung to be stopped while maintaining ventilation of the other.

The tube is easier and quicker to pass through the larynx and position correctly, according to the developers.

The bifurcated tip design allows the tube to sit on the carina in a stable position and the bronchus blocker can be rapidly passed through either lumen directly into the bronchus, according to Business Weekly.

The device was developed with the help of Health Enterprise East, the NHS Innovation Hub for the East of England.

The device is now available to NHS Trusts as well as other healthcare providers throughout the UK.