What is a Wendl Tube?
The Wendl Tube is used for ventilation and to maintain or open the airway. It is inserted into the patient's nose and is also known as NPA, nose trumpet or nose tube among doctors. At the end of the tube, a broad ring prevents it from being lost in the patient's nose. The Wendl Tubus is available in different lengths and diameters. To determine the right length, place the Wendl Tube between the tip of the nose and an earlobe of the patient. The tube should fit as precisely as possible. The diameter should not be larger than the diameter of the patient's small finger (the Wendl Tube must fit through the patient's nostril).
How is the Wendl Tube introduced?
- Introducing the tube into the nose can be very uncomfortable for the patient. So smear the outside of the tube with a water based lubricant so that you can insert it into the nose as easily as possible.
- Put the tube on the nostril and insert it vertically.
- Feel resistance, try the other nostril. If this does not work, use a tube with a lower diameter.
- If long term ventilation is necessary, the Wendl Tube should be changed about every eight hours.
When is the Wendl Tube being used?
The Wendl Tube can be used in both unconscious and awake patients with shortness of breath or breathing arrest.
- In patients who squeeze their pine
- Half conscious patients in whom an oropharyngeal airway (withGüdel Tube) would trigger gag reflexes
What do you have to pay attention to when using the Wendl Tube?
Pay attention to the right size: If the tube is too small, its ending is stuffed through the tongue and the patient is not effectively ventilated. If it is too long, he can get into the larynx and irritate the cough and gag reflexes, or it gets into the Vallecula, which can lead to a respiratory removal.
Make sure the tube is free: Do not use the Wendl Tube for patients with nose fractures, active nosebleeds or a tumor in the nose. Make regularly ensure that the tube is not crusted or otherwise blocked.
Use a lubricant for inserting: This makes it easier to insert the tube into the nose for the patient.
What is the difference between Güdel, Wendl, Endotracheal and Larynx tube?
Wendl Tube: It is inserted over the nose and is therefore used in awakening patients in which a Güdel Tube would trigger a gag reflex. You can also use the Wendl Tube when patients squeeze their pine.
Güdel Tube: In contrast to the Wendl Tube, it is inserted into the mouth, where it prevents the tongue from slipping backwards and thereby letting the airways lay. In awakening patients, this tube could trigger a gag reflex, which is why they should only use it in unconscious patients.
Endotracheal Tube: You use this tube for invasive ventilation. You insert it into the trachea over the vocal creep. Through it, even air comes into the lungs when the patient vomits. However, it is difficult to apply and should therefore only be used by experienced anesthesiors and internists.
Larynxtubus: It is used if intubation is not succeeded or consciously avoided. The application is simple and with little risk, which means that it can also be used by inexperienced. It is used in both OPS and preclinical emergencies.
Ventilation devices: Machine ventilation with ventilation devices is a safe alternative to the ventilation bag. It enables comprehensive monitoring and several ventilation modes.
Oxygen bottle: In our shop you will find oxygen bottles of different sizes - handy bottles for the emergency bag as well as large oxygen bottles for hospitals or care facilities.