Tracheoscopy with the rapiscope to verify endotracheal tube placement.


Journal Article

STUDY OBJECTIVE:To determine whether tracheoscopy is an accurate and quick method for verifying correct placement of the tracheal tube after intubation. DESIGN:Prospective, randomized study. SETTING:Operating rooms of a teaching hospital. PATIENTS:26 patients scheduled for surgery and general anesthesia. INTERVENTIONS:8.0-mm tracheal tubes were inserted into both the trachea and the esophagus. Tracheoscopy was performed consecutively through both tracheal tubes by a variety of clinicians. MEASUREMENTS:The times taken to correctly identify the trachea and the esophagus were recorded. MAIN RESULTS:Correct identification of either the esophagus or the trachea occurred with a 100% sensitivity and a 96% specificity. The mean time to recognize either the trachea or the esophagus was 22.0 seconds. CONCLUSIONS:Tracheoscopy is a reliable method for quickly verifying proper endotracheal placement of a tracheal tube.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Sum Ping, STJ; Pittman, JA; Hohm, SA; Sherwood, MW

Published Date

  • August 2003

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 15 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 334 - 338

PubMed ID

  • 14507557

Pubmed Central ID

  • 14507557

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1873-4529

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0952-8180

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/s0952-8180(03)00057-6


  • eng