We have invented a new device that provides the proper application of anesthetics. Our device is equipped with a new imaging system that can determine whether the anesthetics are applied properly. The current devices cannot determine whether the patient has received a sufficient number of anesthetics prior to intubation. We have developed a new imaging system and software to be used in the anesthetic application during the intubation process.
It is generally desirable to apply an anesthetic agent in a substantially uniform coating to reduce waste and avoid over-, or under-, medication. Application of anesthetic topically by way of a transfer medium, such as a sponge, often produces a substantially non-uniform coating of agent on the patient’s tissue, as well as physically imposing on non-anesthetized areas. Squirting an anesthetic agent from the nozzle of a syringe, e.g., as a jet, is equally unsatisfactory, and wasteful. Known misting nozzle arrangements are not satisfactory to apply anesthetic agent in all desired areas for an endotracheal intubation procedure.