2021, Vol. 4, Issue 1, Part A
Blind and lightwand guided tracheal intubation: Incidence of esophageal intubation
Author(s): Dr. Shwethapriya R, Dr. Manjunath Prabhu and Dr. Souvik Chaudhury
Abstract: The ILMA is a modification of the laryngeal mask airway and performs as an effective supraglottic airway device. It is also designed to serve as a conduit for orotracheal intubation. Intubation through the ILMA is usually a blind procedure. However, blind intubation may at times be unsuccessful. Devices such as the fibreoptic bronchoscope and the lightwand have been shown to improve success rates of intubation through the ILMA. This randomized study was conducted on 60 adult patients with normal airways undergoing scheduled surgery under general anaesthesia. Patients in the blind group (n = 30) were intubated blindly through the ILMA and patients in the lightwand group (n = 30) were intubated via the ILMA using lightwand without the inner stylet. Five patients had modified Mallampati equivalent to class III, and they were evenly distributed between the two groups. Other airway parameters in these five patients were within normal limits and they were not anticipated to have difficult airways. No patient belonging to modified Mallampati class 1V was involved in the study.
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Dr. Shwethapriya R, Dr. Manjunath Prabhu, Dr. Souvik Chaudhury. Blind and lightwand guided tracheal intubation: Incidence of esophageal intubation. Int J Med Anesthesiology 2021;4(1):11-13. DOI: 10.33545/26643766.2021.v4.i1a.188