laryngoscope flashlight for oral procedure?

26 Sep

June’s ACEP News mag has a quick procedure review for ultrasound-guided peritonsillar abscess (click through for the whole article, with handy pictures), but included a tip I thought was worth adding to the toolbox for tricky oral procedures (e.g. PTA drainage).


Use a Macintosh laryngoscope, curved part down resting on their lower lip, as your light source.  Keeps the mouth open, keeps your view relatively clear, and theoretically provides a stabilizing surface if you want to rest your needle on it as you slide it toward the back


(don’t forget that needle guard, too).




References: ACEP News article; pic from the same article.


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