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Comparison of lightwand intubation technique in neck-immobilized patients with face-to-face and conventional approaches

  • Kyeong-Hyeon Min1
  • Hyungseok Seo1,*,

1Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Kyung Hee University Hospital at Gangdong, College of Medicine, Kyung Hee University, 05278 Seoul, Republic of Korea

DOI: 10.22514/sv.2024.065

Submitted: 05 December 2023 Accepted: 12 March 2024

Online publish date: 31 May 2024

*Corresponding Author(s): Hyungseok Seo E-mail:


The lightwand is a valuable device for managing the airways of patients with neck immobilization due to its ease of minimal neck movement. For lightwand intubation, adopting a face-to-face technique offers the potential for improved accessibility and reduced risk of injury associated with blind scooping maneuvers. In this study, we compared the initial success rate of the face-to-face approach with the conventional method as the primary endpoint and their complications as the second endpoint, including postoperative sore throat, the incidence of bleeding and hoarseness in neck-immobilized patients. Our findings indicate that the initial success rate was 84.1% for the face-to-face approach and 88.6% for the conventional approach (p = 0.381). The intubation times for the face-to-face approach and conventional approach were 12.0 and 14.0 seconds, respectively (p = 0.704). Furthermore, there were no statistically significant inter-group differences observed in the overall incidence of postoperative complications, including sore throat, bleeding and hoarseness. In summary, our study shows that the face-to-face approach in lightwand intubation for neck-immobilized patients could be suggested as one of the alternatives, yielding outcomes similar to the conventional lightwand technique.


Airway management; Difficult airway; Face-to-face intubation; Lightwand; Neck immobilized; Trauma

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Kyeong-Hyeon Min,Hyungseok Seo. Comparison of lightwand intubation technique in neck-immobilized patients with face-to-face and conventional approaches. SignaVitae. 2024.doi:10.22514/sv.2024.065.


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