How do you perform a direct laryngoscopy?

  1. Open the mouth as wide as possible using a scissor technique.
  2. Insert the laryngoscope 1 inch into the mouth.
  3. Move progressively down the tongue with the laryngoscope blade identifying relevant anatomy as you go and always find the epiglottis.
  4. If the epiglottis is not found.

Is video laryngoscopy direct or indirect?

Video-assisted laryngoscopy may provide a superior view of the larynx compared with direct line-of-sight laryngoscopy. The devices are often used as a first-line tool in anticipated difficult laryngoscopy or in attempts to rescue difficult (and unsuccessful) direct laryngoscopic intubations.

How long does a direct laryngoscopy take?

How long a laryngoscopy takes is similar for the three types: An indirect test takes 5 to 10 minutes. A direct flexible test takes about 5 minutes. A direct rigid test takes 15 to 30 minutes.

What does a flexible laryngoscopy show?

Flexible fiberoptic laryngoscopy is the most common examination used to view the throat and its surrounding structures. Performed endoscopically, it is performed to visualize abnormalities, biopsy tissue, or remove small growths, such as polyps, from the region.

Is laryngoscopy a video?

Video laryngoscopy is a form of indirect laryngoscopy in which the clinician does not directly view the larynx. Instead, visualization of the larynx is performed with a fiberoptic or digital laryngoscope inserted transnasally or transorally.

When is a direct laryngoscopy used?

A direct laryngoscopy allows visualization of the larynx and is often used during general anesthesia, surgical procedures around the larynx, and resuscitation. This tool is useful in multiple hospital settings, from the emergency department to the intensive care unit and the operating room.