Clinical Studies

The aim of our study was to compare video laryngoscopy and direct laryngoscopy views, and the resultant intubation conditions as well, provided by video or conventional laryngoscope respectively, in patients receiving general anaesthesia for elective surgery. One hundred patients, with no expected difficult airway, were randomly allocated to undergo tracheal intubation with the Macintosh video laryngoscope or a conventional Macintosh laryngoscope.

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Our study compared the effectiveness between two of the proposed as rescue manoeuvres to overcome difficulty, in advancing a tracheal tube, during railroading over the fibreoptic bronchoscope. A ninety degrees anti-clockwise rotation (90ΑCWR) of the tube or cricoid cartilage pressure application (CCPA) was randomly performed in eighty patients undergoing fibreoptic orotracheal intubation under general anaesthesia, in whom first attempt to railroad the tracheal tube had failed.

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