The tongue depressor shown here was designed primarily for use during adenotonsillectomy under general anesthesia, but can be utilized where a tongue depressor otherwise is needed.
As can be seen from the figure, the tip of the instrument is curved. This was done so as to be able to lift the base of the tongue upward and forward. The larger blade of the instrument measures 12 cm. in length, and the width is 1.8 cm.; the smaller blade is 10 cm. long and 1.5 cm. wide.
Thus, the instrument can be used for adults and children alike because of the two different dimensions on the one instrument, the smaller blade serving as a handle while the larger blade is used, and vice versa.
It has been such a common experience in the past for an intern or for me to obstruct the patient's airway with the tongue depressor during
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