Comparison Between Ultrasonography and Capnography in the Assessment of Endotracheal Tube Placement after General Anesthesia

Authors

  • Jabbar Kadhum
  • Abbas Salman

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/mlu.v23i1.3356

Keywords:

endotracheal tube, capnography, ultrasonography, general anesthesia.

Abstract

Background: Verification of endotracheal tube placement is of vital importance and can prove rapidly fatal.
Because the placement of unrecognized esophageal tubes is so obviously detrimental, several instruments and
techniques have been investigated to get rid of such fatal complications. While there are numerous methods and
devices utilized for verifying endotracheal tube placement, none have been shown to be completely reliable. In
the present study, we compared the upper airway ultrasound with capnography so as to assess endotracheal tube
placements rapidly and accurately following general anesthesia (GA).
Aim of the study: The aim is to examine how much fast and accurate the ultrasound in comparison with
capnography for assessing the endotracheal tube placement after general anesthesia.
Patients and methods: This prospective cross-sectional study was conducted on (100) patients requiring tracheal
intubation under general anesthesia by using ultrasonography for confirming the endotracheal tube position
compared to capnography.
Results: Significant differences were found in the meantime for the group (A) between ultrasound (US) and
capnography. But in the group (B), there was no significant difference between means of time for confirmation by
U/S and capnography. A P-value less than (0.05) was considered significant.
Conclusion: In confirming the position of the tracheal tube, the real-time US was shown to be similar to
capnography in accuracy.

Author Biographies

  • Jabbar Kadhum

    M.B.Ch.B/FIBMS Medical city -child welfare teaching hospital/ Ministry of Health and Environment

  • Abbas Salman

    M.B.Ch.B/D.A. / FIBMS /CABA & IC/ FIPP Acting Chairman of the Scientific Counsel of Iraqi Board
    of Anesthesia and Intensive Care

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Published

2023-01-23

How to Cite

Comparison Between Ultrasonography and Capnography in the Assessment of Endotracheal Tube Placement after General Anesthesia. (2023). Medico Legal Update, 23(1), 19-24. https://doi.org/10.37506/mlu.v23i1.3356

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