Delivery of medication intra-nasally and in the across the upper airway is well documented for children and adults with a long list of benefits. Here are just a few benefits.Absorption
- Atomized medication are the optimal size for rapid absorption across mucosal membranes into the bloodstream, avoiding first-pass metabolism.
(Suresh M. Management of Predicted Difficult Airway in A Parturient Undergoing Cesarean Delivery, where Airway Management is Necessary. Shnider and Levinson's Anesthesia for Obstetrics. 2013;(24):381-382.)
(Corrigan M, Wilson S, Hampton J. Safety and efficacy of intranasally administered medications in the emergency department and prehospital settings. Am J Health-Syst Pharm. 2015; 72: 1544-1554)
- When used in procedures where a cough upon emergence can cause adverse events, application of topical lidocaine on the laryngotracheal region has been shown to provide a smooth emergence from GA with reduce coughing.
(Diachun CA, Tunink BP, Brock-Utne JG. Suppression of cough during emergence from general anesthesia: laryngotracheal lidocaine through a modified endotracheal tube. J Clin Anesth. 2001 Sep;13(6):447-51.)
- Intubations and other procedures can be rough. Atomized medications can improve comfort and compliance even in awake intubations.
(Leung Y., Vacanti FX. Awake without complaints: maximizing comfort during awake fiberoptic intubation. J Clin Anesth. 2015 Sep;27(6):517-9)
- DART and DART Reach atomizers are not prefilled so providers can draw up exactly the dose that is needed thus reducing waste. Atomizers deliver medication effectively regardless of patient position and laryngeal atomizers are malleable which allows targeted delivery.
*Intended for use only with drugs approved for intranasal and oropharyngeal delivery.