OHSU partners with local fire departments on emergency breathing tube study

(MGN)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Emergency responders might be better suited to save thousands more lives each year, thanks in part to a new study involving Oregon Health & Science University and local fire departments.

The study had local emergency services test the difference between two types of breathing tubes.

Both types of tubes are approved by the FDA, however, they hadn't been compared in a side-by-side test.

The first tube, called the "endotracheal tube," has to be guided into a person's windpipe to provide air.

The other one, called the "laryngeal tube," blocks off the opening to the stomach, so air has nowhere to go except into the lungs.

According to the study, the "laryngeal tube" was faster and saved more lives.

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