The Mallampati Test versus the Upper Lip Bite Test in Predicting Difficult Intubation
Repository Posting Date2018-05-11T17:48:15Z
TypeOther Graduate Paper
Level of EvidenceOther
Research ApproachTranslational Research/Evidence-based Practice
CINAHL HeadingsIntubation, Intratracheal; Airway Management; Point-of-Care Testing; Anesthesia Nursing; Preoperative Care; Surgical Patients; Predictive Value of Tests
The accurate assessment of the airway is one of the most important skills an anesthesia practitioner should perfect. A difficult intubation is often defined as a Cormack Lehane (CL) grade of III or IV in adult patients. The reported frequency of difficult intubation or CL grade III and IV is 12.35% and 9% in those undergoing a general anesthetic.1 Several assessments and scoring systems are used by anesthesia providers with the goal of identifying a potentially difficult intubation.