If the lights go out…

… You could try this technique ( but hopefully you won’t need to anytime soon):


If the light on the laryngoscope fails, clean the contact between the blade and the handle, and check that the bulb is screwed in place securely. If this fails, use your spare laryngoscope, which you should have instantly available. Or, transilluminate his pharynx by shining an electric light through his neck as in Fig 13-12. If you don’t have a laryngoscope you can use a bent spoon – from King M, et al (1986). Primary Anaesthesia. Oxford Medical Publications.
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  1. says

    May be nice to have additional battery operated surgical or even camping headlights as back-up? Multiple positioning + function nicely these days. :)

  2. Minh Le Cong says

    Awesome stuff Chris. We must try it on some medical student volunteers in a controlled study compared with standard larygnoscopes and the new generation of video laryngoscopes..not on manikins but on students as the actual subjects being intubated! Would it not be ironic if we found comparable results for success and time to intubation between a spoon and torch versus a Glidescope!


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