The Mallampati Score is a grading system based on the visualisation of the pharyngeal structures during laryngoscopy. A study of 210 patients confirmed the degree of difficulty in seeing three pharyngeal structures (uvula, soft palate and faucial pillars) as an accurate predictor of difficulty when using direct laryngoscopy.
Seshagiri Rao Mallampati (1941 – ) Indian born American anesthesiologist. Eponym: Mallampati Score used to predict the ease of endotracheal intubation
The ‘sniffing the morning breeze position’, better termed ‘ear-to-sternal notch’ positioning, is a combination of atlanto-occipital extension and neck flexion (neck flexion of 35° and face plane extension of 15° is cited as ideal) and is considered optimal for direct laryngoscopy