Achieve 20/20 Glottic Visualization with These Tips
A review of clinical literature yields the following four steps, which have proved to consistently improve clinicians’ ability to visualize the glottis:
- Place the patient level with the paramedic’s mid abdomen or lower chest;
- Use a straight laryngoscope blade;
- Anticipate difficult intubations; and
- Respond to the predicted difficult intubation with use of the sniffing position, head and neck extension beyond the sniffing position, and the BURP maneuver.
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