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Supine Mallampati Beats Seated for Difficult Airway Prediction

June 19, 2017

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Clay Smith
Normally, the Mallampati score is performed with a patient seated, but these authors found a supine score was better at predicting a difficult airway, (AUC 0.82 supine vs 0.7 seated).

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Checking a Mallampati score while supine is more accurate for predicting a difficult airway than in the seated position.

Comparison of the Mallampati Classification in Sitting and Supine Position to Predict Difficult Tracheal Intubation: A Prospective Observational Cohort Study.  Anesth Analg. 2017 May 19. doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000002108. [Epub ahead of print]

Peer Reviewed by Thomas Davis.

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