Grand Rounds at the Ohio State University
At the invitation of the anesthesia faculty of the Ohio State University College of Medicine, Dr. Parker gave the Grand Rounds presentation there in December, 2010 on the topic: “Avoiding injury to the airway during intubation.”
A previous clinical study conducted by anesthesiologists at Ohio State and published in Anesthesia Progress (57:18-24, 2010) had concluded that:
“The Parker Flex-Tip tube was associated with significantly less trauma and significantly less bleeding during nasotracheal intubation when compared with the standard-tip tube. The unique design and flexible quality of the distal end of the endotracheal tube appears to be responsible for this advantage. Video recordings of the intubations demonstrate an extraordinary property of this tube to flex and maneuver safely past the complex nasal, pharyngeal, laryngeal, and tracheal anatomy.”
At the time of this study, other anesthesiologists at Ohio State were independently discovering additional advantages of Parker tubes, and wanted to know more about them. This prompted the speaking invitation to Dr. Parker.