Author(s): Green JD, Moore UJ
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Abstract In patients who have sustained base of skull fractures, the mode of intubation is controversial, with many anaesthetists arguing against nasal intubation. In several maxillofacial procedures temporary intermaxillary fixation (IMF) in the intraoperative period may be essential to achieve optimal results in fixation. For patients with combined facial and base of skull injury, tracheotomy may have to be performed. The submental approach to intubation allows IMF to be used without resort to nasal intubation or tracheotomy. We describe a modification of the original technique which is applicable to any reinforced tracheal tube and which does not compromise the airway.
This article was published in Br J Anaesth
and referenced in Journal of Anesthesia & Clinical Research