The importance of using a laryngoscope in veterinary medicine

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In a recent interview with dvm360®, experienced veterinary technician Tasha McNerney emphasizes why the use of a laryngoscope is the key to avoiding accidents in veterinary surgery.

When it comes to using a laryngoscope, says Tasha McNerney, CVT, CVPP, VTS (anesthesia) the most important thing is to use it. “I am [always] really surprised how many practices I visit or consult with [that] “I don’t use a laryngoscope” almost as a badge of honor, “McNerney told dvm360® in an interview, adding that this device lets you see where you are going and reduces the risk of accidents.

“The laryngoscope is designed to make endotracheal intubation easier – not just for you – but also safer for the patient,” she noted. “You really want to use a laryngoscope, especially one with a work light, so you can see where you are going and reduce your chance of accidentally causing a problem.”

McNerney then shared that the fast-paced veterinarians may explain why many have a bad habit of not using a laryngoscope. She explained that missing this critical step can increase the risk of an accident.

“I think we get into veterinary medicine, especially when it comes to surgeries, and sometimes we think, ‘Oh, it’ll take me this long to go to the drawer, pull out the laryngoscope, get it in place, use it take too much time … it will be fine, ‘”she explained.

Watch the full video below to learn more about McNerney’s expert knowledge of the use of laryngoscopes in veterinary medicine.