Is Stylet Use During Intubation Associated with Post Intubation Complications

Talha Tariq, Syeda Farzana Batool Zaidi, Moalla Muzzafar


Objective: The basic objective is to evaluate the impacts of placing stylet during tracheal intubation on the post-operative pharyngeal pain in anesthetized patients. Methodology: This randomized control trail was conducted in the department of Anesthesia and ICU, Ch. Pervaiz Ellahi Institute of Cardiology and  Nishter Hospital Multan from   May 2017 to December 2018. All these patients were divided into two groups group S (stylet group) and group C (control group) by lottery method. All the data was entered and analyzed by the computer software SPSS version 23.2. Results: A total number of 100% (n=386) patients were included in this study, both genders. Gender distribution showed that there were more males than females i.e. 56.2% (n=217) and 43.8% (n=169) respectively. The main outcome variables of this study were pharyngeal pain, airway maintenance and sore throat. It was also noted that group (S) showed easy airway maintenance in 95.9% (n=185) patients. It was observed that, in group (S), 63.2% (n=122) patients were complained from sore throat and 67.4% (n=130) were complained about pharyngeal pain.  While on the other hand, in group (C), only 8.3% (n=16) patients were complained about sore throat and 11.4% (n=22) were complained about pharyngeal pain Conclusion: Use of stylet during endotracheal intubation decreases the incidences multiple attempts and make the airway maintenance easy for the anesthetist but on the other side it have complications like sore throat and post intubation pharyngeal pain than those patients in which stylet was not usede.

Keywords: Pharyngeal pain, Tracheal Intubation, Stylet, Post-operative.

DOI: 10.7176/JMPB/53-05

Publication date:March 31st 2019

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