Magill Forceps- An Aid For Difficult Intubation
The Nasal tracheal intubation was first described in 1920 by Stanley Rowbotham and Ivan Magill. They developed a device to aid the insertion of the tip of the endotracheal tube into the glottis. Magill's forceps are still the instrument of choice for nasal tracheal intubation carried out under laryngoscopic visualization.[1]
This is a valuable instrument for Anesthesiologists to help introducing the endotracheal tube into the larynx. The Magill forceps are used for nasotracheal intubation, endotracheal suctioning, passing gastric tubes, placement of tampons in the nasopharynx and extraction of foreign material from the pharynx. On many occasions they used it for other anesthesia and extra-anesthesia purposes; e.g. removal of mucous plugs, solid food particles in case of vomiting on induction, fallen loose tooth in the mouth and impacted bolus of meat. Even Ascaris worm obstructing the airway and the list would not end.....