New intraoral device for prevention of oral lesions in intubated patients

Authors

  • Milena Miranda Goulart Guirado Postgraduate Program in Science and Technology Applied to Dentistry – Paulista State University (Unesp), Institute of Science and Technology, São José dos Campos Campus, São José dos Campos, SP, Brazil. https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2996-2513
  • Ana Paula Lemes Postgraduate Program in Engineering and Materials Science – Federal University of São Paulo (Unifesp), Institute of Science and Technology (ICT), Laboratory of Polymer and Biopolymer Technology (TecPBio), SP, Brazil. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8126-6075
  • Rubens Nisie Tango Postgraduate Program in Engineering and Materials Science – Federal University of São Paulo (Unifesp), Institute of Science and Technology (ICT), Laboratory of Polymer and Biopolymer Technology (TecPBio), SP, Brazil. https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0946-1826
  • Suzelei Rodgher Postgraduate Program in Science and Technology Applied to Dentistry – Paulista State University (Unesp), Institute of Science and Technology, São José dos Campos Campus, São José dos Campos, SP, Brazil. https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6634-8892

Keywords:

Dental surgeon, Health, Intensive Care Unit

Abstract

Oral injuries in patients in Intensive Care Units (ICU) are recurrent, especially during endotracheal intubation, as the presence of the tube added to the teeth in the oral cavity can cause injuries to the tongue and other soft tissues. Ideally, tube stabilization devices should be easy to handle by the hospital staff, should always be available for use in ICUs, in addition to being low cost. The aim of this study was to develop a device for endotracheal tube stabilization and injury prevention in patients. 3D technical drawings were prepared, and the final version of the device was prototyped in polylactic acid and positioned in the patient. When compared to mouthguards described in the literature, it was found that the developed device provided stability for the tube, provided separation of the teeth from the adjacent soft tissues, and prevented the intubated patient from biting the tube, thus contributing to the prevention of traumatic injuries. It was concluded that the device has characteristics that allow stabilization of the endotracheal tube and the prevention of oral lesions in ICU patients, and can be used by hospital nursing staff.

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Published

2022-07-12

How to Cite

Guirado, M. M. G., Lemes, A. P., Tango, R. N., & Rodgher, S. (2022). New intraoral device for prevention of oral lesions in intubated patients . Revista Uningá, 59, eUJ4260. Retrieved from https://revista.uninga.br/uninga/article/view/4260

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