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Oxygen Tank And Tracheotomy Instruments

Sources: A Manual Of Peroral Endoscopy And Laryngeal Surgery

Respiratory arrest may occur from shifting of a foreign body, pressure of the esophagoscope,

tumor, or diverticulum full of food. Rare as these contingencies are,

it is essential that means for resuscitation be at hand. No endoscopic

procedure should be undertaken without a set of tracheotomy

instruments on the sterile table within instant reach. In respiratory

arrest from the above mentioned causes, respiratory efforts are not
apt to return unless oxygen and amyl nitrite are blown into the

trachea either through a tracheotomy opening or better still by means

of a bronchoscope introduced through the larynx. The limpness of the

patient renders bronchoscopy so easy that the well-drilled

bronchoscopist should have no difficulty in inserting a bronchoscope

in 10 or 15 seconds, if proper preparedness has been observed. It is

perhaps relatively rarely that such accidents occur, yet if

preparations are made for such a contingency, a life may be saved

which would otherwise be inevitably lost. The oxygen tank covered with

a sterile muslin cover should stand to the left of the operating