Collection: Video Laryngoscope

Seeing is Believing: Video Laryngoscopes Improve Intubation

Endotracheal intubation is a critical procedure for airway management in anesthesia and critical care. Traditional laryngoscope blades can make visualizing the glottis difficult. Video laryngoscopes have emerged as important new tools providing a clear visual guide for intubation.

What is a Video Laryngoscope?

A video laryngoscope consists of a blade with a small video camera and light at the end. This allows clinicians to view the vocal folds and glottis on a connected video screen while they perform laryngoscopy and tube insertion. Some models have both video and direct views.

Advantages Over Standard Laryngoscopes

Improved view - The video camera provides an enhanced magnified view of the airway anatomy, offering a better look at the vocal cords even in difficult cases. This aids successful, rapid intubation.

Easier for training - Video images allow real-time teaching and monitoring by instructors as trainees learn intubation skills. The improved view helps guide placement.

Patient safety - By improving glottic visualization, video laryngoscopy reduces risks of esophageal intubation or dental injury. Providers can place tubes accurately without excessive force.

Documentation - Video images can be saved for record-keeping to document proper technique. Video recordings are useful for quality control and education.

Specific design advances like angulated blades, intuitive grips, and anti-fog cameras further optimize video laryngoscope functionality and ease of use.

The Future of Airway Management

Video laryngoscopy is quickly becoming the standard of care for intubation in operating rooms and ICUs. Ongoing research aims to make the devices even more effective for difficult cases like trauma. As visualization and recording capabilities improve, video laryngoscopes are poised to revolutionize airway management.