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February 1935


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Arch Otolaryngol. 1935;21(2):205. doi:10.1001/archotol.1935.00640020214011

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Any physician or nurse who has cleaned tracheotomy tubes appreciates the difficulty of ridding the lumen of the tube of tenacious mucus. The usual method has been to push cotton pledgets through with wooden or wire applicators or to use a brush, which usually does not fit the tube or has bristles which are too soft.

To overcome that difficulty I designed and had made the brushes illustrated. There are two brushes for each complete tube. The brush is numbered to correspond

Different types of brushes.

to the number of the tracheotomy tube. The A brush fits the inner tube snugly and the B brush the outer tube. The bristles are very stiff, being made from the heavier ends of imported boar bristles. The brush is flexible, and the curve may easily be altered. The brushes are inexpensive, and they may be obtained directly from the manufacturer.1

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