Draping for Minimally-Invasive Hypopharyngeal Sleep Surgery using a Nasotracheal Tube: Surgical Technique

Draping for Minimally-Invasive Hypopharyngeal Sleep Surgery using a Nasotracheal Tube: Surgical Technique

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Q: Is the topic relevant to the journal's area of interest? Is it contemporary and interesting for


A: Very good


Abstract & Keywords

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A: Excellent



Q: Is the goal explicitly stated in the Introduction? Is its formulation clear and unambiguous?

A: Very good



Q: Is the paper's structure coherent? Is it in coherence with the goal of the paper?

A: Very good


Tools and Methods

Q: Are the methods the author uses adequate and well used?

A: Good


Discussion & Conclusion

Q: Is it related to the results presented before? Do you consider them as coherent?

A: Very good



The technical note is adequate. The study proposes draping patients undergoing procedures with nasotracheal intubation with the nasal tip exposed to prevent alar injury. The Discussion section puts forth the rationale for taking up the study, effectively describes the relevant literature and enlists the implications of the findings from the present study in that context. The study is well supported with briefly explained figures. It discusses the draping preference when using the head-drape to cover the nasotracheal tube. The alternative method has resulted in no soft tissue nasal injury. The technical note in apt in Concluding that nasotracheal intubation is particularly preferable for minimally invasive sleep surgery as it provides optimal access.



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A: Very good


Author's knowledge

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A: Very good



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A: Good


Figures & Tables

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A: Very good


Writing style

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A: Very good


Further comments on the paper

Comments: This technical note describes an alternative method of draping during nasotracheal intubation which avoids the risk of nasal injury, as caused by traditional draping. The aim of such a technique is to increase the dimensions of the upper airway thus allowing reduced obstruction during muscular hypotonia associated with sleep. The technical note prefers the described method as it is the simplest and does not require additional materials.


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Author Info

Corresponding Author
Ankit Patel
Queen’s Hospital, Romford, UK

Article Info

Article Type
Technical Note
Publication history
Received: Fri 29, Apr 2022
Accepted: Mon 04, Jul 2022
Published: Fri 15, Jul 2022
© 2021 Ankit Patel . This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. Hosting by Science Repository.
DOI: 10.31487/j.SCR.2022.07.03