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Curr Opin Anaesthesiol. 2004 Dec;17(6):495-8.

Alternative management techniques for the difficult airway: optical stylets.

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Department of Anesthesiology, University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, FL 32610-0254, USA. dgravenstein@anest.ufl.edu

Abstract

PURPOSE OF REVIEW:

We present the newest devices being promoted for difficult-airway management. Our focus is on optical stylets which offer a forward view from the stylet end positioned within the tip of the endotracheal tube.

RECENT FINDINGS:

Reports suggest that these devices are mastered quickly and offer effective airway management aid. Available in adult and pediatric sizes they are economically priced at approximately US$ 3000.

SUMMARY:

Generally favorable experience with use of optical stylets continues to be reported. Our survey of clinicians' opinions reflects our own experience; these devices are unique and are attractive adjuncts to standard- and difficult-airway carts.

PMID:
17031083

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