Development of a new negative-pressure ventilatory support device: Exovent

The pandemic has driven innovation in ways that we have not seen for many decades. Intensive care medicine and ENT have been at the forefront of these advances, and our good friends David Howard (never one to put his feet...

A medical student’s perspective on the future of obstructive sleep apnoea management

Obstructive sleep apnoea remains an immensely challenging condition to treat. Many treatments have been used over the years, but no single management strategy has proven significantly better than the others. We hear about some technological innovations in the field of...

New ventilation technique FCV: improvement for patient, anaesthetist/intensivist and surgeon

Per-oral surgical access to the larynx can be hampered by the presence of an endotracheal tube. Various systems have been developed for tubeless ventilation, but these all carry a risk of aerosolisation of secretions with obvious inherent risks. We hear...

MedShr for ENT and audiology: clinical case discussion on the go

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed all aspects of our lives – not least medical education. With isolation being the buzzword at the moment, the internet and social media are popular sources for official and crowd-sourced content. In this article, Samantha...

What is Transnasal Humidified Rapid-Insufflation Ventilatory Exchange (THRIVE)?

THRIVE is a physiological mechanism for oxygenating and ventilating patients who are under general anaesthesia and who have diminished or absent respiratory effort [1]. Classical ventilation requires bulk flow of gases into and out of the lungs driven by chest...

The use of THRIVE in laryngology and phonosurgery

The team in Lewisham has been using THRIVE for our phonosurgical cases for about a year. Here, we discuss the pros, cons and potential pitfalls of setting up and using THRIVE as ventilation during anaesthesia rather than using an ML...

PHACON artificial bone models for ENT training

Simulation, both in training and clinical practice, has become an increasingly important facet of a surgeon’s life. The escalating costs of cadaveric material makes synthetic alternatives an attractive proposition but, up until recently, these artificial versions have lacked the material...

The hearScope

A revolutionary new otoscope is using artificial intelligence to dramatically improve access to ear and hearing care in South African outreach communities. Carolina Leal, spoke to Professor De Wet Swanepoel of the University of Pretoria about how his team developed...

The SpeechVive: In conversation with inventor, Jessica Huber

Parkinson’s disease often results in a characteristically quiet voice. But a new device is offering hope to patients who are struggling to be heard. Jessica E Huber. Tell us, what is the SpeechVive? The SpeechVive is a wearable device designed...

Panetti Endoscopic Ear Instruments

Giuseppe Panetti is a renowned otologist and one of the forerunners of endoscopic ear surgery. One of his major contributions to ENT has been through designing bespoke equipment to assist in some of the challenges of operating endoscopically. In this...

Should human beings sleep in the prone position?

Are we poised for a ‘sleep prone’ campaign to reduce nocturnal apnoeas? Prof Armin Moniri presents a fascinating account of how sleeping position can affect obstructive sleep apnoea. Inspired by sleeping position of other mammals, a new mattress and pillow...

Reza Band® UES Assist Device

Members of the ENT and Audiology News team spoke to Rose Henrichs, Solutiones Vobis and Nick Maris, CEO and President of Somna Therapeutics about the Reza Band device. Nick Maris. Rose Henrichs. What is your involvement in Reza Band? And...