Improve Examinations With Sure-Scope Single-Use One Piece Lighted Laryngoscope
A laryngoscopy is a procedure that looks at the larynx that uses a lighted laryngoscope. This includes the vocal cords, along with other nearby structures such as the throat. Further, the larynx helps individuals talk, breathe, and swallow. It is on top of the trachea at the back of the throat. There are two types of laryngoscopy that a doctor may use for an examination: direct and indirect.
Direct laryngoscopy: In a direct laryngoscopy, the doctor will put the laryngoscope in through the nose or mouth and down to the throat. This procedure is completed with general anesthesia to do things such as remove foreign objects, take a biopsy or remove polyps from the vocal cords. There are different types of laryngoscopes that can be used for this but will depend on what’s being done.
Indirect laryngoscopy: An indirect laryngoscopy consists of the doctor aiming the light at the back of the throat, generally using headgear that has a light attached to it. This procedure is more simple than a direct laryngoscopy and can be done in the doctor’s office while you’re awake. In some instances, a medicine may be used to numb the back of your throat to make you more comfortable during the procedure. There will be a small tilted mirror held to the back of the throat so that the doctor can effectively examine the vocal cords.
Why Would Someone Need a Laryngoscopy With a Lighted Laryngoscope?
A laryngoscopy will help doctors diagnose any issues a patient may have involving the larynx. These issues can range from minor to more serious issues. Here are 4 reasons why someone might need a laryngoscopy examination.
A bloody cough can be a sign of a serious health condition and should be tended to immediately. If individuals have a bloody cough, this can be a sign of infection, cancer or issues in the blood vessels.
Throat or Voice Problems
Some individuals may have issues in their throats such as trouble swallowing and breathing, voice changes, bad breath or a persistent cough that won’t go away. While these may appear to be more minor issues that will go away over time, it’s important that individuals still seek a medical professional if any of these symptoms are persistent.
Mass or Growth in Throat
Just like a bloody cough, a mass or growth in the throat can be related to a serious health condition. A mass can be large and visible but also small enough to be unnoticeable. A mass or growth in the throat isn’t always grounds to worry as many are noncancerous. However, it is still important to get it checked out to prevent any serious health concerns.
It’s not uncommon to get an earache. With that said, if your earache is persistent this could be a sign of an issue such as ear infection, sinus infection, or strep throat.
Possible Complications With a Laryngoscopy Even With a Lighted Laryngoscope
It’s uncommon for individuals to experience complications with a laryngoscopy procedure. However, in some cases, one or more complications can arise. For instance, individuals can experience hoarseness in their voice, gagging or vomiting, bleeding, or infection. Additionally, individuals may experience issues such as pain or swelling in the mouth, tongue or throat.
There is a chance you may feel nauseous or sleepy for some time afterward if individuals are given anesthesia. In some instances, you can also experience a dry mouth or a sore throat. With that said, these kinds of reactions to anesthesia are normal. In the event that you experience a fever, cough or vomiting, contact your physician for guidance.
Mainstream Lighted Laryngoscope
There are currently two basic mainstream laryngoscopes that are widely used by doctors. These laryngoscopes include Macintosh and the Miller Blade, and they are both available in size 0 (neonatal) and 4 (large adult).
The Macintosh Laryngoscope is the most commonly used curved blade laryngoscope. It is positioned in the vallecula, anterior to the epiglottis, lifting it out to the visual pathway. The tip of the beak is compressed into the angle formed by the base of the tongue and the epiglottis, which indirectly raises the epiglottis.
One of the benefits of a Macintosh laryngoscope is that it provides a gentle continuous curve. However, it provides less of a view. Thus, it may not be best suited for children and infants because they have floppy epiglottis. Instead, it is better for patients with a larger tongue.
The Miller Laryngoscope is uses a straight blade. It is positioned posterior to the epiglottis. Thus, it is trapped it while exposing the glottis and vocal cords. The Miller laryngoscope is commonly used for infants.
What makes the Miller laryngoscope beneficial is that the side of the flange is reduced to minimize trauma and the curve at the beak is extended to improve the epiglottis. Additionally, it provides more of a view and is more stimulating.
Improve Examination Efficiency with obp’s Laryngoscope
A laryngoscopy procedure can improve a patient’s health by examining the larynx area. For this reason, it’s important that doctors can provide a seamless and efficient laryngoscope examination that not only provides more comfort for patients but more precision for doctors.
At obp, we’ve developed SURE-SCOPE, a single-use one-piece lighted laryngoscope using advanced technology. This single-use laryngoscope comes equipped with an integrated LED light source, making examinations easier and more accurate. This one-piece device comes ready for doctors to use, which ultimately reduces the risk of cross-contamination, and comes in 8 different sizes to help accommodate different patients’ needs.
Learn More About Improving Examinations With a Lighted Laryngoscope
A laryngoscopy examination can be performed for a variety of reasons since it is a relatively simple procedure. If individuals experience serious conditions such as a bloody cough or mass in the throat, it’s important that you seek a trusted physician immediately.
Performing a successful laryngoscope procedure is every physician’s goal. If you are a physician and want to aid in your patient’s continued health through improving the efficiency of your laryngoscope examinations, contact us to learn more about our SURE-SCOPE single-use one-piece lighted laryngoscope.