1. Greenwald, Beverly PhD, RN, CNS, CGRN


Two devices that facilitate the use of the Minnesota tube (C. R. Bard, Covington, GA) are described in this article. One device is the Lopez enteral valve (ICU Medical, San Clemente, CA), a three-way stopcock-like device that facilitates inflation of the gastric balloon with air, as measured by a 60-mL Foley-tip syringe. The second device is a handheld aneroid manometer with integral bulb and valve (Tycos, Welch Allyn) that can be easily attached directly to the Y-set of the esophageal and gastric balloons for continuous monitoring of pressure. The enhanced ease of continuous monitoring of balloon pressures helps prevent complications, ensure hemostasis, and facilitate better patient outcomes.