learning to intubate - page 2
CRNAs and SRNAs, How long did it take you to successfully intubate a patient for the first time. I have tried 6 times without success. Thanks in advance.... Read More
2Jun 3, '08 by KyCRNAIn anesthesia school they almost always teach you with the MAC starting out. After my first three months in I switched to the Miller and have never looked back. I personally feel like it takes much less lifting and straining, which I see a lot of Doc's and CRNA's doing with the MAC blade. There are only three instances where I use a MAC blade and they are as follows: 1. Double lumen tube insertion, 2. Blood in the airway, 3. Large tongues that I feel will slip off the that little straight blade.
Securing an airway should never look like a struggle. It should be SMOOTH, quick and with confidence. After a few hundred you will get to this point. Now I'm not saying I don't have difficult airways come into my operating room but if I can't get it with my trusty Miller I sure as heck don't go to the MAC, I go straight fiberoptic.
1Jun 7, '08 by CerebralCRNAMy advice, alternate each case ---Miller--Mac--Miller--Mac---etc
Get proficient with both blades and use alternative methods to intubate. Don't let your first time with a blade or device be under emergent conditions.
0Mar 29, '10 by blondesareeasy"Watch one, do one, kill one, bill one." Repeat until learning takes place.
1Mar 29, '10 by wtbcrna, MSN, DNP, CRNA GuideQuote from blondesareeasyNot funny...."Watch one, do one, kill one, bill one." Repeat until learning takes place.