How do you hold your laryngoscope? Caveman style?
Jim DuCanto is back, innovating on body positioning and how the way you hold the laryngoscope might improve glottic visualisation.
He calls it the “Paleolithic style” of laryngoscope handling!
Also check out his ” parrot maneuver” for withdrawing the stylet.
In the past this way of holding the handle, we called it “Icepick grip” in prehospital care, used for trying to intubate face to face, front on to an entrapped patient sitting up in a car. The “Icepick grip”, has origins in the martial arts, in particular Filipino combative styles with sword and dagger.
But the way Jim is using it is like suspension laryngoscopy used in ENT and the way the old Jackson laryngoscopes were handled.
Try it out next time you are doing mannikin training. It might suit some. Does it make the glottic visualisation better? Well Jim thinks it does and is worth practising to see if it offers advantages to your own technique.