The importance of using a laryngoscope in veterinary medicine

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In a recent interview with dvm360®, expert veterinary technician Tasha McNerney emphasizes why using a laryngoscope is key to avoiding accidents in veterinary surgery.

When it comes to using a laryngoscope, Tasha McNerney, CVT, CVPP, VTS (Anesthesia), says the most important thing is just that—to use it. “I am [always] really surprised at how many practices I go into or people I consult with [that] almost use the ‘I don’t use a laryngoscope’ as a badge of honor," McNerney told dvm360® in an interview, adding that this device allows you to see where you're going and reduces the chance of accidents.

“The laryngoscope is designed to make endotracheal intubation easier—not only for you—but also safer for the patient," she noted. "You really do want to utilize a laryngoscope especially one with a working light so you can see where you’re going and lessen your chance of inadvertently causing a problem."

McNerney then shared how the fast-paced lifestyle veterinary professionals endure can be one explanation as to why many fall into the bad habit of not using a laryngoscope. She stated that missing this critical step can heighten the chance of accidents.

“I think what we fall into is that we are so rushed in veterinary medicine especially when it comes to surgery, and sometimes we think, ‘Oh, the time it takes for me to go over to the drawer, pull out the laryngoscope, get it in place, and use it is going to be too much time…it’ll be fine,’” she explained.

Watch the full video below for more of McNerney’s expert insight on utilizing laryngoscopes in veterinary medicine.

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