Errors To Avoid In Suspected Foreign Body Cases


Categories: FOREIGN BODIES IN THE AIR AND FOOD PASSAGES
Sources: A Manual Of Peroral Endoscopy And Laryngeal Surgery

1. Do not reach for the foreign body with the fingers, lest the

foreign body be thereby pushed into the larynx, or the larynx be thus

traumatized.

2. Do not hold up the patient by the heels, lest a tracheally lodged

foreign body be dislodged and asphyxiate the patient by becoming

jammed in the glottis.

[143] 3. Do not fail to have a roentgenogram made, if possible,

whether the foreign body in question is of a kind dense to the ray or

not.

4. Do not fail to search endoscopically for a foreign body in all

cases of doubt.

5. Do not pass blindly an esophageal bougie, probang, or other

instrument.

6. Do not tell the patient he has no foreign body until after

roentgenray examination, physical examination, indirect examination,

and endoscopy have all proven negative.





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