Thyromental distance measurement - fingers don,t rule

Show simple item record Baker, Paul en Depuydt, A en Thompson, John en 2012-03-26T02:29:58Z en 2009 en
dc.identifier.citation Anaesthesia 64(8):878-882 Aug 2009 en
dc.identifier.issn 0003-2409 en
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dc.description.abstract Thyromental distance (TMD) measurement is commonly used to predict difficult intubation. We surveyed anaesthetists to determine how this test was being performed. Comparative accuracy of ruler measurement and other forms of measurement were also assessed in a meta-analysis of published literature. Of respondents, 72% used fingers for TMD measurement and also considered three finger widths the minimum acceptable TMD. In terms of distance, the minimum acceptable TMD was felt to be 6.5 cm by 55% of respondents. However, the actual width of three fingers was (range) 4.6–7.0 cm (mean 5.9 cm), with significant differences between genders and between proximal and distal interphalangeal joints. The meta-analysis showed ruler measurement increased test sensitivity (48% (95% CI 43–53) vs 16% (95% CI 14–19) without a ruler), when predicting difficult intubation. en
dc.publisher The Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Anaesthesia en
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dc.title Thyromental distance measurement - fingers don,t rule en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1111/j.1365-2044.2009.05985.x en
pubs.issue 8 en
pubs.begin-page 878 en
pubs.volume 64 en
dc.rights.holder Copyrights: The Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland; The Authors en
dc.identifier.pmid 19604192 en
pubs.end-page 882 en
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pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 88374 en Medical and Health Sciences en School of Medicine en Anaesthesiology en Paediatrics Child & Youth Hlth en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2010-09-01 en
pubs.dimensions-id 19604192 en

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