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Digital Intubation: The Two-Fingered Solution to Securing an Airway

Fall 2013

Cashwell MJ, Wilcoxen AC, Meghoo CA. 13(3). 42 - 44. (Journal Article)


Digital intubation is a useful technique that is rarely taught in conventional airway management courses. With limited equipment and minimal training, a Special Operations Forces (SOF) medic can use this technique to intubate an unconscious patient with a high degree of success. The objectives of this report are to (1) learn the sequence of events for successful digital intubation, (2) recognize and appreciate the advantages and limitations of this technique, and (3) appreciate the requirements for establishing a unit-level training program.

Keywords: digital intubation; airway

PMID: 24048988

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