By Mark Rock, BA, NREMT-P
Taking the following four steps will consistently improve your ability to visualize the glottis:
1. Place the patient at the level of the paramedic’s mid abdomen;
2. Use a straight laryngoscope blade;
3. Predict the difficult intubation; and
4. Respond to the predicted difficult intubation with use of the following three techniques: 1) sniffing position, 2) head and neck extension beyond the sniffing position and 3) the BURP maneuver.