Collection of Tracheobronchial Secretions

Daniel Kesden, George K. York, John Bartlett, Sherwood L. Gorbach

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To the Editor: The articles by Gorbach and Bartlett on anaerobic infections (N Engl J Med 290:1177–1184, 1237–1245, 1289–1294, 1974) stress the frequency of contamination of the upper respiratory tract with aerobic and especially with anaerobic bacteria. Therefore, they suggest transtracheal aspiration to obtain specimens devoid of upper-airway contamination. Transtracheal aspiration is a very useful technic. However, it is uncomfortable and occasionally associated with serious complications. Would it not be possible to produce a sterile double-lumen tube of the nasogastric type whose outer-tube tip is covered and the inner tube can be advanced? With this device the outer tube is.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number13
StatePublished - Sep 26 1974
Externally publishedYes

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