Bullard Laryngoscope

This rigid fiberoptic laryngoscope allows visualization of the glottis even when there is an inability to align the oral, pharyngeal, and laryngeal axes, perhaps because the patient has limited flexion/extension. In one study the Bullard laryngoscope caused less head extension and cervical spine extension than conventional laryngoscopes and resulted in a better view, suggesting that it may be useful in care of patients in whom cervical spine movement is limited or undesirable (Anesthesiology 1995;82:859).

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Further Reading

Cohn AI.  Bullard laryngoscopes, apples and oranges, and coin tosses. Anesth Analg. 1995 Aug;81(2):425. http://www.anesthesia-analgesia.org/cgi/reprint/81/2/425a

Cohn AI, Hart RT, McGraw SR, Blass NH.  The Bullard laryngoscope for emergency airway management in a morbidly obese parturient. Anesth Analg. 1995 Oct;81(4):872-3.

Crosby ET, Cleland MJ.  Bullard laryngoscope: keeping its act together. Anesth Analg. 1999 Jul;89(1):266; author reply 267. http://www.anesthesia-analgesia.org/cgi/content/full/89/1/266-a

Christodoulou C, Friesen J.  The Bullard laryngoscope and uvular edema. Can J Anaesth. 2004 Apr;51(4):401-2. http://www.cja-jca.org/cgi/content/full/51/4/401-a
Figure: The Bullard Laryngoscope

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