The Otolaryngologic Section within the Department of Anesthesiology is committed to teaching and research opportunities for residents and visiting clinicians as well as state-of-the-art-care for our patients.
Some of the tools we use to treat our patients include:
- Fiberoptic aided intubations
- Retrograde wire intubations
- The Intubating Laryngeal Mask
- Advanced use of the Laryngeal Mask
A preoperative endoscopic exam of patients with head and neck cancer allows for a full evaluation of the airway. A fiberoptic examination is often followed by retrograde wire intubation or another technique. (Current research in the section involves evaluation of new and advanced models of the Laryngeal Mask Airway, use of the Laryngeal Mask Airway in otolaryngologic surgery, and airway management decision outcomes after preoperative endoscopic exam of the airway.)
The section has also developed a series of airway management courses titled "Airway on Demand." The basic course is a traditional airway management workship. The second course, the tutorial, allows a clinician from anywhere in the United States to come to Yale-New Haven Hospital, and learn non-invasive advance techniques on patients in the operationg room.