The Application of Airtraq (fibreoptic intubation device) to Otolaryngology
Mendis, D and Oates, J (2011) The Application of Airtraq (fibreoptic intubation device) to Otolaryngology. Online Journal of Health and Allied Sciences, 10 (2). ISSN 0972-5997
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The anaesthetic laryngoscope Airtraq is designed for the difficult airway. This disposable laryngoscope requires minimal cervical manipulation and unlike other common anaesthetic larynmgoscopes contains a channel for the guidance of an endotracheal tube. This could also be used for diagnosis and biopsy under a general anaesthetic or potentially under a local anaesthetic in an outpatient setting for biopsies or the removal of hypopharyngeal foreign bodies via flexible biopsy forceps obviating the need for a general anaesthetic. Thus Airtraq could be included in the armoury of pre-existing direct laryngoscopes because of its virtue of minimal airway manipulation.
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