The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) recently published an exciting article showcasing some breakthrough technology: physicians successfully used a device called an electrolarynx, allowing an intubated patient to communicate with his providers and family members. If you've ever had to witness a loved one in a setting where they were intubated, you know how frustrating it can be for the patient, family and staff. This new technology will be extremely helpful in intensive are unit (ICU) settings where doctors can change their treatment regimens based on feedback from the patient, improving care tremendously. The patient and device (white arrow) can be seen below.
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