MILLER Blade, Fiber Optic, Reusable
The Miller blade Miller laryngoscope blade is a straight blade designed to obtain a view of the vocal cords by directly lifting the epiglottis. It has useful application in ‘floppy’ airways making it popular within paediatric anaesthesia. The Miller laryngoscope is the most commonly used blade today.
Miller found traditional straight blades to be too thick at the base and too short increasing the risk of trauma to the teeth. Miller modified the laryngoscopes popular at the time to make tracheal intubation “easier and more certain”. The Miller blade, Miller laryngoscope blade has a straight blade with a long, curved tip, providing better exposure of the larynx. This made difficult intubations easier to perform, especially prior to muscle relaxant use and minimised dental trauma.
Miller designed his blade by making it straight and longer than the old style medium blade, rounded at the bottom and smaller at the tip with an extra curve two inches from the end. This made difficult intubations easier to perform and minimised dental trauma. He found this suitable for all patients; except children.
In 1946, Miller developed a blade for use in children. He recommended that tracheal intubation under direct visualization was preferable to the common practice of blind passage facilitated by digital palpation of the epiglottis.
Miller designed his blade by making it straight and longer than the old style medium blade, rounded at the bottom and smaller at the tip with an extra curve two inches from the end. This made difficult intubations easier to perform and minimised dental trauma. Initially only the size 2 (medium) was used. Since then laryngoscopes from size 0 (for premature) to 4 are available.
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