Percutaneous Dilatational Tracheostomy

Ambu® aScope™3 is a single-use sterile flexible videoscope with a 2.2mm working channel. Immediate accessibility, portability and fast setup as well as no risk of cross-contamination make aScope 3 ideal for bedside PDT procedures in the ICU.

With an aScope 3 in the ICU department a PDT procedure can be performed immediately when needed without having to wait for the arrival of a reusable scope and stacking system. The single–use concept eliminates any fear of damaging the scope during the procedure and hardly takes up any room in the already crowded ICU environment.

Increased accessibility to flexible scopes matter

The NAP4, a nationwide 2010 UK survey, recommends that a flexible scope should be immediately available on the ICU to check the position of tracheostomy tubes and to assist with percutaneous tracheostomy placement1. This view is backed by the NICE recommendatio MTG142 of July 2013.

The aScope 3 offers a clear endoscopic view and allows the operator to see and verify the accurate placement of the guidewire and needle prior to tracheal dilatation as well as the placement of the tracheostomy tube.

Inserting the needle under endoscopic guidance by aScope 3 and aView

                                Checking the placement of the tracheostomy tube.

Use Ambu® aScope™ 3 for bedside PDT

  • Instant accessibility
    aScope 3 is always at hand when needed. No need to wait for a scope to be located or another airway specialist to find time to arrive
  • A higher level of practicality
    aScope 3 is easy to set-up and use. After use it can just be discarded thus eliminating any fear of damaging an expensive scope as well as the existing cumbersome handling and cleaning procedures.
  • Eliminates the risk of cross-contamination
    Routine cleaning procedures do not remove biofilm reliably from the working channels of the reusable scopes3.  The single-use aScope 3 offers a unique opportunity to eliminate any risk of cross-contamination.

Ambu® aScope™ used for endoscopic guidance during percutaneous tracheostomy

Video by Dr. Bigeon, Clinique de Millenaire, Montpellier, France, Showing Ambu® aScope™ used for endoscopic guidance during percutaneous tracheostomy.

Hear Dr. Hinkelbein from University Hospital Cologne explain about the use of Ambu® aScope™ 3 for PDT

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Ambu® aScope™ 3

aScope 3 has a channel width of 2.2 mm and is suited for ET tubes size 6 and greater as well as DLT size 41.

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Ambu® aScope™ 3 Slim

aScope 3 Slim has a channel width of 1,2mm and is suited for ET tubes size 5 and greater and DLT size 37 and greater.

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Ambu® aView™

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1. Cook T et al., NAP4 - 4th National Audit Project of The Royal College of Anaesthetists and The Difficult Airway Society, Major complications of airway management in the United Kingdom, Report and findings, March 2011
3. A. Pajkos et al, Is biofilm accumulation on endoscope tubing a contributor to the failure of cleaning and decontamination, Journal of Hospital Infection (2004), 58, 224-229