: 2022  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 96--97

An alternate way of fixing endotracheal tube during cleft lip and cleft palate surgery in children

Sudhansu Sekhar Nayak1, Ankur Khandelwal2, Badri Prasad Das3,  
1 Department of Anaesthesiology, ABVIMS and RML Hospital, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Anaesthesiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Guwahati, Assam, India
3 Department of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care, IMS, BHU, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Dr. Sudhansu Sekhar Nayak
Department of Anaesthesiology, ABVIMS and RML Hospital, New Delhi - 110 001

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Nayak SS, Khandelwal A, Das BP. An alternate way of fixing endotracheal tube during cleft lip and cleft palate surgery in children.Airway 2022;5:96-97

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During cleft palate surgery, surgeons use a mouth gag that keeps both the tongue and endotracheal tube (ETT) in the midline, providing adequate space for surgery. A strong, midline fixation of ETT that prevents lateral displacement of the ETT is very crucial for providing surgical comfort and good outcomes. Different methods of tube fixation that have been tried include conventional tube fixation by adhesive tape, surgical suture,[1] using a K-wire to anchor the ETT to the teeth,[2] using a transparent adhesive dressing (such as Tegaderm™)[3] or using a 3-point fixation using an elastic adhesive tape (such as Dynaplast™).[4] Central fixation is often difficult. We have tried to overcome this problem by designing a new technique which is simple, easy and uniformly fits the tube without lateral displacement.

We designed a fixation method using an elastic adhesive tape (Dynaplast™) approximately 5 cm in breadth and 10 cm in length. This adhesive tape was cut into five phalanges approximately 1 cm wide and running 6 cm along the length, leaving a 4 cm undivided broad section [Figure 1]. The two outermost and middle phalanges were then removed making it a bifid phalange fixator with a broad base [Figure 2]. The undivided base was fixed below the lower border of the lower lip (from the chin up to the vermilion border of the lower lip, taking care to avoid the lip). The uncut second and fourth phalanges were wound firmly around the ETT with the end terminating on either side below the angle of the mouth [Figure 3] and [Figure 4]. The ETT is accommodated in the space provided by the cut middle phalange. This fixation not only prevents lateral movements of the ETT but also provides firm fixation in the centre even when the mouth gag is opened by the surgeon. This fixation also keeps the tongue in the midline, providing maximum space for surgery.{Figure 1}{Figure 2}{Figure 3}{Figure 4}

This method differs from the conventional way of fixation where a single tape is used to fix the ETT leading to possibility of movement of the tube on either side away from the midline. Our method prevents untoward lateral movement of the ETT. It fixes the tube firmly in the midline providing excellent and unhindered surgical access to the surgeon. In addition, firm fixation of the ETT also gives the anaesthesiologist the confidence of a secure airway, especially when access to the airway is limited once surgery begins. Our method is simple, easy and convenient. It keeps the tube fixed firmly to the chin and prevents lateral displacement. We have found this method very useful. It has therefore become the favoured method of fixation in our institution by surgeons and anaesthesiologists alike for cleft palate surgery in children.

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