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Correspondence  |   July 2000
Another Use for Nasopharyngeal Airway
Author Notes
  • Assistant Professor
  • Director of Pediatric Anesthesia Education
  • Children’s Medical Center
  • Medical College of Georgia
  • Augusta, Georgia 30912
Article Information
Correspondence
Correspondence   |   July 2000
Another Use for Nasopharyngeal Airway
Anesthesiology 7 2000, Vol.93, 298. doi:
Anesthesiology 7 2000, Vol.93, 298. doi:
To the Editor:—
Dominguez 1 described a simple method of monitoring end-tidal carbon dioxide in spontaneously breathing adults during deep sedation. He fashioned a nasopharyngeal airway connected to a 15-mm endotracheal tube connector. This apparatus was then connected to an anesthesia circuit in the usual fashion with side-stream carbon dioxide sampling at the elbow.
This same apparatus can also be used in children with ankyloglossia for frenectomy during general anesthesia. A 20-French nasopharyngeal airway (Rusch, Duluth, GA) is connected to a 15-mm endotracheal tube connector from a 5.5-mm endotracheal tube. This device allows spontaneous ventilation, relieves airway obstruction, and allows the surgeon to work uninterrupted, as opposed to administering intermittent mask ventilation.
Reference
Reference
Dominguez E: Carbon dioxide monitoring during deep conscious sedation using nasopharyngeal airways (letter). A nesthesiology 1999; 91:1177–8Dominguez, E