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J Lifestyle Med. 2016 Sep;6(2):68-71. Epub 2016 Sep 30.

Submental Intubation in Patients with Complex Maxillofacial Injuries.

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1
Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Kangwon National University Hospital, Chuncheon, Korea.
2
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Kangwon National University Hospital, Chuncheon, Korea.

Abstract

Airway management in patients with complex maxillofacial injuries is a challenge to anesthesiologists. Submental intubation is a useful technique that is less invasive than tracheostomy in securing the airways where orotracheal and nasotracheal intubation cannot be performed. This procedure avoids the use of tracheostomy and bypasses its associated morbidities. A flexible and kink-resistant reinforced endotracheal tube with detachable universal connector is commonly used for submental intubation. Herein, we report cases involving submental intubation using a reinforced endotracheal tube with a non-detachable universal connector in patients with complex maxillofacial injuries.

KEYWORDS:

Intubation; Maxillofacial injuries; Submental

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