Monday, 8 April 2019
When an animal has an anaesthetic, we place a tube into its wind pipe - this is called an Endotracheal Tube (ET tube), and we have some pictures of them here. They come in a variety of different sizes and lengths, as of course our patients can weigh less than 1kg to over 80kg!
The ET tube delivers oxygen and anaesthetic gases to the patient, and makes sure their airway is open.
It also helps reduce the amount of gases that our staff are exposed to - the waste gases are taken away by a sophisticated 'scavenging' system.
The little orange tube is attached to a cuff at the bottom of the tube, we inflate the cuff to help seal the airway and make sure the patient doesn't breathe round the tube.
Easy really 😃☺️🤓