Does the Site of Anterior Tracheal Puncture Affect the Success Rate of Retrograde Intubation? A Prospective, Manikin-Based Study
Successful intubation can be accomplished in the majority of patients via direct laryngoscopy. However, situations frequently arise in which simple orotracheal intubation is contraindicated or impossible. In these situations retrograde tracheal intubation may be of particular use. This technique has been performed by novice physicians in cadavers, without difficulty or major complications. It has proved to be a quick, efficient and simple method to establish an endotracheal airway and should be a valuable adjunct for airway control.