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Head Tilt, Chin Lift...and Rotate?


Background: Breathing for an apneic patient with a bag valve mask (BVM) device is a difficult but lifesaving maneuver to perform. Objective: To determine if rotating a patient's head aids in breathing. Design: Prospective randomized trial at a single teaching hospital. Participants: 40 patients aged 18 to 75 years were included. Those with a history of sleep apnea or known difficult intubation were excluded. Methods: Prior to intubation for elective surgery, paralyzed apneic patien more...
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