Xomed ETT Placement using Airtraq (Preview)


Presented by Dr. Vladimir Nekhendzy, Stanford University Medical Center.

This Featured Video accompanies the Point of Care Article presenting a reliable technique of NIM endotracheal tube (ETT) placement for intraoperative identification and functional monitoring of the recurrent laryngeal nerve (RLN).

Monitoring of the vagus nerve and its branches, most commonly RLN, is becoming standard of care during surgery involving brainstem, skull base and especially thyroid and parathyroid gland, where the incidence of RLN compromise may be as high as 13%. This is particularly true in the setting where the course of the RLN is aberrant, distorted by masses, postradiation fibrosis of the neck, or involved with scar tissue, as well as in the situations associated with preexisting unilateral vocal cord paralysis.

Proper placement of NIM ETTs is best achieved with the use of video laryngoscopy....


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