Oxygen therapy is a common medical treatment used for a variety of medical conditions, including respiratory disorders and sleep apnea (obstruction of the airway during sleep).
One of the options to deliver oxygen directly to the lungs is transtracheal (percutaneous) introduction of needle wire dilator, or stent, or indwelling tube for oxygen therapy. This method produces a direct gas connection between the patient’s skin and trachea, bypassing the mouth and the nose.
Below we will overview the process of transtracheal injection of needle wires, dilators, and indwelling tubes, discuss its benefits, and explore expected results of oxygen therapy.
## Overview of Transtracheal (Percutaneous) Introduction of Needle Wire Dilator/Stent or Indwelling Tube for Oxygen Therapy
Transtracheal oxygen therapy (TTOT) involves introducing a stent or a thin plastic tube (catheter) to the trachea, directly from the skin. This procedure is usually done by a doctor with the help of an imaging device.
First, the patient is placed under local anesthesia. Using ultrasound or computed tomography imaging, the doctor inserts a needle between two cervical vertebrae and then maneuvers it into the trachea. The tube is then pushed through the needle and pulled back out through the same puncture. This is called percutaneous introduction of needle wires.
Once the catheter is in place, it is secured with sutures. The patient’s oxygen levels are then monitored to assess the correct positioning of the tube.
In some cases, the doctor may insert a dilator using the same technique. This is done to ensure the tube stays open and secured in its place.
## Benefits of Transtracheal Oxygen Therapy
Transtracheal oxygen therapy offers a number of benefits over other forms of oxygen delivery, such as nasal cannulas. These include:
- Improved accuracy: By delivering oxygen directly to the lungs, the accuracy of oxygen therapy is improved. This is especially important for patients with lung diseases.
– Fewer side effects: Direct oxygen delivery reduces the risk of side effects such as dry mouth and nose, coughing, and sore throat.
– Increased comfort: Since there is no nasal cannula connected to the mouth and nose, the patient is more likely to be comfortable while using oxygen therapy.
– Better patient compliance: Patients are more likely to use oxygen therapy regularly if they find it comfortable, which helps improve treatment outcomes.
## Expected Results of Oxygen Therapy
When used correctly and consistently, oxygen therapy can help improve the quality of life of patients with chronic medical conditions or who suffer from sleep apnea. Oxygen therapy can also help improve oxygen levels in the blood, which can reduce fatigue and slow the progression of certain chronic diseases.
Studies have shown that oxygen therapy can help improve lung function in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Oxygen therapy can also reduce blood pressure, improve physical endurance, and help manage symptoms of depression.
In some cases, oxygen therapy can even be used to prolong life. Patients with advanced COPD, for instance, may live longer with oxygen therapy than without it.
Finally, oxygen therapy can improve sleep quality and daytime alertness in patients with sleep apnea. It can also help reduce the number of times a patient wakes up during the night and improve concentration during the day.
Transtracheal (percutaneous) introduction of needle wire dilator/stent or indwelling tube for oxygen therapy is a safe, effective option for delivering oxygen directly to the lungs. It offers several benefits over other forms of oxygen delivery, including improved accuracy and increased comfort.
When used correctly and consistently, oxygen therapy can help improve lung function and reduce the progression of certain chronic diseases. It can also improve oxygen levels in the blood, reduce fatigue, slow COPD progression, and even prolong life. Finally, it can improve sleep and alertness and help manage symptoms of depression.
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Oxygen therapy is a medical procedure used to provide oxygen support for patients who are unable to breathe properly on their own due to respiratory and medical conditions, such as التهاب رئوي and severe chronic lung disease. There are several techniques used in oxygen therapy. One of them involves the use of a needle wire dilator/stent or tube that is inserted percutaneously into the trachea.
Transtracheal oxygen therapy, also known as TTO, has been widely used for over 30 years now. It is more efficient, safer, and is well-tolerated by most patients when compared to other available techniques.
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Transtracheal oxygen therapy is beneficial for patients who need oxygen support due to long-term or constant breathing problems, which can be caused by:
- Obstructive sleep apnoea
- Severe chronic lung disease
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Pneumonia with empyema
- Pleural effusion
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Oxygen therapy works by supplying low-pressure oxygen at controlled volumes and pressures. This supplements patients’ normal atmospheric breathing. The oxygen is supplied either through a needle wire dilator/stent or through a tube that is implanted percutaneously in the trachea.
One alternative method is the use of a nasal cannula that delivers oxygen into the nose. However, this is known to cause irritation and soreness to the nose.
Another alternative method is the modified Seldinger technique. This involves creating a tracheocutaneous ناسور. However, the tract created during the procedure takes 6 to 8 weeks to mature. This results in a long recovery period. Also, the procedure to create the fistula is labour-intensive.
Another oxygen supplementation method is the endotracheal intubation. This, however, is reserved for use only in emergency situations and only for a short period of time. This is not advisable for patients who require regular oxygen supplementation.
Thus, the transtracheal oxygen therapy is the preferred method for many. In summary, it offers a lot of advantages for the patient, including:
- Faster healing time
- Less labour-intensive procedure
- Reduced complications
The procedure can greatly improve patients’ quality of life. The constant supply of oxygen helps ensure they do not experience breathing difficulties anymore. It also means patients do not have to keep going back to their doctor for oxygen therapy.
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Transtracheal oxygen therapy is performed by introducing either a needle wire dilator/stent or an indwelling tube into the trachea. The device is implanted percutaneously. The procedure is performed through the following steps:
- The patient is placed under local anaesthesia.
- The doctor then advances a hypodermic needle into the trachea.
- The guide wire is then inserted through the needle. The doctor continues by inserting a tissue dilator over the guide wire to enlarge the tract. The needle and the dilator are then removed.
- A stent is then inserted over the guide wire, which is then removed. The stent stays in place while the dilated tract heals.
- Once the tract heals, the stent is removed. The first catheter is then inserted and is kept in place until the healing process is complete. It is then connected to a supply of oxygen so that therapy can begin.
- If necessary, the first catheter is removed and replaced with a new one. In some cases, doctors use a second kit followed by a third kit. Subsequent catheters are removable so that the patient can remove them for cleaning.
For this procedure, doctors use a large 14-gauge cutting needle in the trachea. It is introduced at the point between the cricothyroid membrane and the sternal notch. This size needle can provide the patient with up to 3 litres of oxygen per minute at 2-psi pressure level. However, this is not always enough, as some patients may need higher flow rates.
المخاطر والمضاعفات المحتملة
In a study performed on 24 paediatric patients, the insertion procedure was successful in 100% of the cases. The patients suffered from pneumothorax, haemothorax, pneumonia with empyema, chylothorax, and pleural transudate effusion. They were all given chest tubes inserted using the needle-wire-dilator technique. None of the patients suffered from any serious complications, except for a kink in the chest tube. This led to the recurrence of pneumothorax and pleural effusion in five of the patients. The complication was resolved by replacing the chest tubes with a stiffer type.
The study showed that the procedure is a safe and efficient method to provide oxygen therapy to patients suffering from a wide range of breathing problems and medical conditions.
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