Document Type : Original Article
Department of Anesthesiology, Imam Khomeini Hospital Complex, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
Department of Anesthesiology, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Loghman Hakim Hospital, Tehran, Iran
Department of Anesthesiology, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Loghman Hakim Hospital, Tehran, Iran.
Background: The correct placement of the endotracheal tube is a cornerstone of safe anesthesia. Different methods, such as auscultation, capnography, and ultrasound, have their own limitations regarding the confirmation of endotracheal intubation, reinforcing the idea that a single technique is not foolproof. This study proposes a new technique in this regard.
Materials and Methods: A total of 600 patients were enrolled in this study, and tracheal intubation was checked with palm pressure and disposable plastic glove inflation and pulsation.
Results: The data were analyzed using the t-test and Mann-Whitney U test that indicate 94% and 94.8% sensitivity for palm pressure and bag pulsation, respectively, and a 100% positive predictive value for both tests.
Conclusion: Palm pressure and bag pulsation are accurate, inexpensive, and reliable techniques to confirm proper tracheal intubation.