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A new technique for difficult intubations.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11771604     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A Macintosh laryngoscope was modified to allow a rigid fibreoptic scope to be attached. Our purpose was to determine if Cormack and Lehane scores could be improved using the described fibreoptic technique, thus allowing easier intubating conditions. In order to assess its value for intubation, a study was performed on 53 patients. Thirty-three of these patients were classified to be difficult intubations (suspected or unanticipated). The Cormack and Lehane scores were improved by the use of the modified laryngoscope by one to three grades compared to the standard laryngoscopy. Significantly improved intubating condition were observed. The assessment demonstrates that many patients with Mallampati scores of III and IV can be successfully managed by this technique.
K J Taraporewalla; D E Washbourne
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Evaluation Studies; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Anaesthesia and intensive care     Volume:  29     ISSN:  0310-057X     ISO Abbreviation:  Anaesth Intensive Care     Publication Date:  2001 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-12-28     Completed Date:  2002-05-22     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0342017     Medline TA:  Anaesth Intensive Care     Country:  Australia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  609-12     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Anaesthesia, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland.
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MeSH Terms
Fiber Optic Technology
Intubation, Intratracheal / instrumentation,  methods*
Comment In:
Anaesth Intensive Care. 2002 Jun;30(3):390-1   [PMID:  12075661 ]

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