Video laryngoscopy is superior to direct laryngoscopy for emergency intubations in the ICU. A recent meta-analysis based on nine trials evaluated 2,133 ICU patients and concluded that video laryngoscopy (VL) has a higher first pass success rate compared to direct…
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Emergency department (ED) intubation is constantly evolving, with new devices, techniques, and medications being frequently adopted. To evaluate temporal trends, National Emergency Airway Registry (NEAR) investigators analyzed registry data on ED intubations at 13 large hospitals in the U.S., Canada,…
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Emergency department (ED) intubation is constantly evolving, with new devices, techniques, and medications being frequently adopted. To evaluate temporal trends, National Emergency Airway Registry (NEAR) investigators analyzed registry data on ED intubations at 13 large hospitals in the U.S., Canada,…
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Simulation-based procedural training has been shown to improve procedural competence, safety, operator confidence and most importantly patient safety for every bedside procedure studied.  Now, a new systematic review and meta-analysis confirms that simulation-based training in airway management improves procedural competence…
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In a study conducted at two academic medical centers, records showed that of 71,570 intubations 2,004 used Glidescope for airway management. Success rates and complications were documented in these Glidescope intubations. The overall success rate for Glidescope intubations was 97%.…
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Use of video laryngoscopy (VL) results in improved glottic views, fewer intubation attempts, and higher intubation success in both operating room and emergency department (ED) patients. Less is known about performance characteristics of VL during urgent inpatient intubations performed in…
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There has always been some controversy about the utility of applying cricoid pressure (aka Sellick Maneuver) during rapid sequence intubation for the purpose of preventing aspiration.  Theoretically, applying pressure on the cricoid cartilage posteriorly should occlude the esophagus against the…
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Direct vs Video Laryngoscopy In 1878 William MacEwan first passed a tube into the trachea of an awake patient using his fingers as a guide.  Now health care providers routinely perform endotracheal intubation as a life saving intervention.  Despite over…
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