Comparison of the Magill forceps and the Boedeker (curved) intubation forceps for removal of a foreign body in a Manikin

Ben H. Boedeker, Mary A.Barak Bernhagen, David J. Miller, D. John Doyle

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Study Objective: To compare the straight Magill and the curved Boedeker Intubation Forceps in foreign body removal in a manikin with a difficult airway using the videolaryngoscope. Design: Prospective comparative study. Setting: University Medical Center. Subjects: 17 medical providers, 16 anesthesia staff, and one respiratory therapist. Measurements: The observed Cormack-Lehane (CL) glottic view and success/failure of the removal attempts were recorded. Main Results: The CL scores obtained using the Magill and Boedeker forceps were not significantly different (P = 0.3984). However, the differences in success rates for removal of the foreign object using standard (0 = success, 17 = failure) and Boedeker forceps (0 = failure, 17 = success) were strongly significant (P < 0.0001). Conclusion: The curve of the Boedeker Intubation Forceps allows both the tip of the forceps and the glottic opening to be simultaneously visible in the field of view during videolaryngoscopy, making removal of glottic foreign bodies easier.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-27
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Clinical Anesthesia
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Forceps
  • Foreign body removal
  • Indirect visualization
  • Videolaryngoscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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