Energid awarded Army contract to develop a robotic system for Endotracheal Intubation (ETI)

Cambridge, Massachusetts (February 4, 2009) — Airway management, which typically involves Endotracheal Intubation (ETI), is a common but critical procedure that should be performed safely and rapidly. ETI consists of inserting an endotracheal tube through the mouth into the trachea, then sealing the trachea so that all air passes through the tube. It is often a lifesaving procedure, but it requires trained and skilled clinicians to safely secure the airway during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and ensure immediate ventilation and/or oxygenation. The need for ETI occurs in many scenarios, in and out of the hospital. Perhaps the most important reason for specialized training of clinicians in ETI is the inherent difficulty associated with the procedure, as failed intubation is one of the leading causes of anesthesia-related morbidity and mortality.

The Army is interested in a robotic system to help automate ETI as a means of reducing failed intubation related patient complications and casualties in battlefield scenarios,where trained clinicians might not be immediately available. Energid’s robotic system will be used to assist or autonomously deploy the endotracheal tube, and as a result even non-skilled personnel will be able to establish successful airway management in a tactical pre-hospital setting.