FAQs

ReddyPort™ Elbow

Q. Why do I need an oral moisturizer?


A. Non-invasive ventilation (NIV) can dry out the patient’s mouth and cause patient discomfort. Our mouth moisturizer helps resolve the patient’s dryness of mouth.





ReddyPort™ NIV Maintenance Kit

Q.  Why do I use the ReddyPort™ NIV Maintenance Kit with ReddyPort Oral Care Appliances?


A. The patented oral care appliances are designed to integrate with the ReddyPort Elbow to prevent leakage and “squeegee effect” when entering and exiting the patient’s oral cavity. DO NOT use non-ReddyPort oral care appliances with the ReddyPort Elbow due to risk of therapeutic pressure loss and fluid aspiration.




Q.  Are other oral care appliances compatible with ReddyPort Elbow?


A. No, the ReddyPort Elbow with self-sealing valve works only with ReddyPort NIV Maintenance Kit components. The self-sealing protective guard on the ReddyPort appliance helps prevent the “squeegee effect” of leaving mucus and bacteria behind in the oral cavity. In addition, the protective guard prevents rinses/moisturizer being removed by the valve on the way into the mouth.




Q.  How do I avoid the “squeegee effect” upon insertion and removal of oral care appliances?


A. Upon insertion, retract sponge or toothbrush head into the protective guard and insert the protective guard into the elbow. Then perform oral care. Upon removal, gently pull back on the stick or handle to retract the swab or toothbrush into the protective guard and continue pulling until the protective guard slides out of the elbow.




Q.  Why should I use a ReddyPort Swab?


A. ReddyPort Swabs can help clean teeth, stimulate oral tissue, and refresh the mouth with the hydrogen peroxide solution. Our swabs fit through the ReddyPort Elbow and clean the entire mouth without removing the mask




Q. Why should I use the ReddyPort Toothbrush?


A. Dental plaque biofilm can cause gingivitis and oral tissue bleeding. Oral biofilm is also a significant risk factor for hospital acquired infections (HAI). The ReddyPort Toothbrush has soft bristles to allow for proper oral hygiene and is designed to aid in the removal of plaque. The omni-directional silicone tip enables the user to reach all areas of the oropharynx. It has a built-in direct attachment to a suction line, eliminating the need for an additional suction Yankauer.




Q. Why a silicone tip toothbrush?


A. The benefit of a silicone toothbrush is its ability to gently but thoroughly clean the gums, as well as teeth. Common brushes may cause bleeding of a patient’s sensitive gums.




Q. Is a silicone tip toothbrush effective?


A. A study in the International Journal of Clinical Preventive Dentistry (IJCPD) details the effects of treating gingivitis using a rubber-tipped toothbrush. The study concludes that a rubber-tipped toothbrush is as effective at mitigating gingivitis and removing dental plaque as a toothbrush with nylon bristles.




Q.  Why should I use 1.5% Hydrogen Peroxide and .05% Cetylpyridinium Chloride Solution?


A. ReddyPort Swabs and Toothbrushes, in combination with an oral rinse, clean teeth, gums and oral tissue to promote oral health with the cleaning power of 1.5% hydrogen peroxide and .05% cetylpyridinium chloride. The solutions are a great complement to the swabs and toothbrushes.




Q.  Are ReddyPort Swabs reusable?


A. No, the swabs are not reusable and should be disposed of after use. The oral gel moisturizer is reusable.




Q.  What oral care protocols does the ReddyPort NIV Maintenance kit follow?


A. The ReddyPort NIV Maintenance kit follows Q4 protocols (every 4 hours) for standard oral care procedures.




Q. How often should the ReddyPort NIV Maintenance kit be used for oral care? And, in what order should the kit components be used?


A. The Prep Pack (Yankauer) should be used throughout the 24 hour duration as-needed. Moisturizer Packs should be used as-needed to help keep the patient moisturized in-between cleanings. An example of the Q4 protocol with ReddyPort:

  • Prep Pack (Yankauer/Suction as needed): 0:00-24:00
  • Toothbrush Pack: 0:00-4:00
  • Suction Swab Pack: 4:00-8:00
  • Suction Swab Pack: 8:00-12:00
  • Toothbrush Pack: 12:00-16:00
  • Suction Swab Pack: 16:00-20:00
  • Suction Swab Pack: 20:00-24:00




Q.  What is the risk of aspiration for the patient when using the ReddyPort Swabs?


The swabs are designed to hold 2-3 ml of fluid during normal use. When used with or without suction, the amount of fluid retained in the patient’s mouth is minimal and it has not been shown to cause coughing or aspiration in ICU settings in non-obtunded patients.1 The adapter on the oral care appliances prevents fluid from being squeezed out into the oral cavity while being retracted. DO NOT advance the swab past the oral cavity in order to prevent triggering a gag reflex.




Q.  Can I place a straw through the ReddyPort Elbow?


No. Only ReddyPort appliances should be used with the ReddyPort Elbow. ReddyPort swabs may be dipped into water and given to the patient to help relieve thirst or dry mouth issues.





NIV Maintenance Kit with CHG Solution (chlorhexidine gluconate) for Patients

Q. What if I want to use CHG solutions for oral care of my patients?


A. Source the CHG solutions from your organization and then use the patented ReddyPort Oral Care Swabs that integrate with the ReddyPort Elbow to prevent leakage and the “squeegee effect” when entering and exiting the patient’s oral cavity. Non-ReddyPort swabs are not designed and not intended for use with the ReddyPort Elbow.





NIV Maintenance Mouth Moisturizer Pack

Q. Why do I need an oral moisturizer?


A. Non-invasive ventilation (NIV) can dry out the patient’s mouth and cause patient discomfort. Our mouth moisturizer helps resolve the patient’s dryness of mouth.





ReddyPort™ Microphone and Controller*

Q. What if I want to use CHG solutions for oral care of my patients?


A. Source the CHG solutions from your organization and then use the patented ReddyPort Oral Care Swabs that integrate with the ReddyPort Elbow to prevent leakage and the “squeegee effect” when entering and exiting the patient’s oral cavity. Non-ReddyPort swabs are not designed and not intended for use with the ReddyPort Elbow.