Oropharyngeal
Airways

Waters Oropharyngeal Airway

Waters Oropharyngeal Airway

Before plastic was readily available, orophayngeal airways were constructed of metal.

Image from Feliz Khushid

1912 Lumbard Airway

1912 Lumbard Airway

Dr. Joseph Lumbard introduced the "tongue controller " airway in 1912.

Image from Felix Khishid

Connell Airway

Connell Airway

#2 Oral Airway

#2 Oral Airway

Image from Gene Gantt

Berman Patent

Berman Patent

On June 2, 1949, Robert A. Berman applied for a patent for his respiratory device, a non-metallic oropharyngeal airway. The patent was awarded on June 3, 1952.

Image US Patent and Tradmark Office

Berman Airways

Berman Airways

Image from Gayle Carr

Guedel Airways

Guedel Airways

Image from Gayle Carr

Safar’s “S” Airway

Safar’s “S” Airway

On August 8, 1958. Peter Safar and Martin McMahon filed a patent application for "Airway". The patent was granted on December 19, 1961.

Nasopharyngeal
Airways

Nasopharyngeal Airway

Nasopharyngeal Airway

Endotracheal
Tubes

Metal ET Tube

Metal ET Tube

A metal pediatric endotracheal tube, owned by Felix Khusid, is shown.

Image from Felix Khusid

Rusch ET Tubes

Rusch ET Tubes

1958 Transparent ET Tube

1958 Transparent ET Tube

This ad for transparent endotracheal tubes appeared in the September 1958 issue of the Inhalation Therapy journal.

Cuffed ET Tubes

Cuffed ET Tubes

Image from Gayle Carr

Bivona Cuff

Bivona Cuff

Bivona, Inc. filed filed a patent application on August 9, 1982 for a "Tracheal Tubes" invented by Seymour W. Shapiro. The patent , EP0072230 B1, was granted November 5, 1986.

Uncuffed ET Tubes

Uncuffed ET Tubes

Image from Gayle Carr

1975 Intubation Lab

1975 Intubation Lab

Charles McKnight is shown in this 1975 photo preparing his respiratory therapy students for an intubation skills lab at Lutheran Hospital, Moline, Illinois.

ET Tube and Stylette

ET Tube and Stylette

Image from Illinois Central College Archives, 1999

Duo Cuff ET Tube

Duo Cuff ET Tube

James O. Elam was awarded a patent on May 30, 1978 for his invention of a double cuffed, endotracheal tube.

CombiTube

CombiTube

The esophageal tracheal Combitube is shown.

Image from Illinois Central College Archives, 1999

ETT Securement by Tape

ETT Securement by Tape

Image from Illinois Central College Archives, 1999

ETT Holder

ETT Holder

Image from Illinois Central College Archives, 1999

ET Tube Holder

ET Tube Holder

Laryngoscopes

Early Laryngoscope

Early Laryngoscope

This early laryngoscope is from the collection of Gene Gantt.

Image from Gene Gantt

Laryngoscope

Laryngoscope

A laryngoscope handle and blades are shown.

MacIntosh Blades

MacIntosh Blades

Image from Gayle Carr

MaGill Blades

MaGill Blades

Image from Gayle Carr

Laryngoscope Blade

Laryngoscope Blade

This image of a golden laryngoscope blade was contributed by Felix Khusid.

Image from Felix Khusid

Tracheostomy
Tubes

1916 Tracheotomy

1916 Tracheotomy

This 1916 photo from a collection of historical medical photos was captioned:

"Tracheostomy Operation, Performed by a Russian Military Surgeon Poland. As the Russian surgeon steadies his knife two assistants steady the patient. The doctor is about to perform a tracheostomy with the patient sitting up. During wartime procedures were often performed in unorthodox ways."

Image from a collection shared by Aracely Bigelow

Jackson Uncuffed Trach Tube

Jackson Uncuffed Trach Tube

Image from Gayle Carr

Uncuffed Jackson Trach Tube

Uncuffed Jackson Trach Tube

The components of an uncuffed tube are shown: outer cannula, inner cannula, and obturator.

Trach tube with 15 mm adapter

Trach tube with 15 mm adapter

Trach Tubes

Trach Tubes

Image from Felix Khusid

Fenestrated Trach Tube

Fenestrated Trach Tube

A Shiley fenestrated, cuffed trach tube is shown.

Image from Illinois Central College Archives, 1999

Bivona Fome Cuff

Bivona Fome Cuff

A Bivona fome-cuff trach tube is shown.

Image from Illinois Central College Archives, 1999

Twill Ties

Twill Ties

Cotton twill tape can be used to secure the outer cannula of a trach tube.

Image from Illinois Central College Archives, 1999

Trach Tube Holder

Trach Tube Holder

An adjustable, tracheostomy tube holder is shown.

Image from Illinois Central College Archives, 1999

Trach Tube Holder

Trach Tube Holder

An adjustable, padded trach tube holder is shown.

Image from Illinois Central College Archives, 1999

Auxiliary
Devices

Trach Care Kit

Trach Care Kit

Image from Illinois Central College Archives, 1999

Easy Cap CO2 Detector

Easy Cap CO2 Detector

Image from Illinois Central College Archives, 1999

CO2 Indicator

CO2 Indicator

A colorimetric CO2 indicator is utilized to confirm that an endotracheal tube is positioned in the airway and not the esophagus.

Image from Gayle Carr

Bite Block

Bite Block

A bite block can be inserted to prevent a patient from biting an oral endotracheal tube.

Image from Illinois Central College Archives, 1999

Magill Forceps

Magill Forceps

A Magill forceps may be required to assist with the placement of a nasoendotracheal tube.

Passy-Muir Speaking Valve

Passy-Muir Speaking Valve

The Passy Muir Valves are used to facilitate speech in patients in patients with tracheostomies and in ventilator dependent patients. The device was designed by David Muir in the mid-1980s after he spend several months on a ventilator and was frustrated by the inability to speak.

Image from Illinois Central College Archives, 1999

Bear Venti-Voice

Bear Venti-Voice

1980s - Bear's Venti-Voice Communication Aid

Image from Cheryl Hoerr

Posey Cufflator

Posey Cufflator

The Posey Cufflator could be used to inflate or deflate enditracheal cuffs as well as monitor the intracuff pressure.

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