LeHeR, a simple novel approach for difficult airway in non-trauma patients

Yezid, Nur Hafiza and Poh, Khadijah and Md Noor, Julina and Arshad, Afifi (2019) LeHeR, a simple novel approach for difficult airway in non-trauma patients. BMJ Case Reports, 12 (8). e230201. ISSN 1757-790X, DOI https://doi.org/10.1136/bcr-2019-230201.

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Managing the difficult airway presents a great challenge to anaesthesiologists and emergency physicians. Although there are many methods and scoring systems available to predict and anticipate difficult airway, the dictum in emergency airway is to always expect the unexpected. We have encountered a novel simple method of improving laryngoscopic view in difficult airway. We report four cases of difficult airway encountered in our district hospital from November 2017 to December 2018, in which intubation was performed using a simple manoeuvre called supine left head rotation (LeHeR). In all these cases, LeHeR manoeuvre has proven to be successful after more than a single attempt at intubation using various methods. The manoeuvre improves drastically the laryngoscopic view of Cormack-Lehane from 3B and 4 to 1 and 2.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: anaesthesia; emergency medicine; paediatrics; prehospital; resuscitation
Subjects: R Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2019 00:35
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2019 00:35
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/22967

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