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Anaesthesia. 2007 Oct;62(10):1061-5.

Use of the Airtraq laryngoscope in a model of difficult intubation by prehospital providers not previously trained in laryngoscopy.

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School of Biomedical Sciences, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia. Malcolm.woollard@btinternet.com

Abstract

This study evaluated the ability of prehospital providers who had no previous training in intubation, to use an Airtraq laryngoscope to intubate a manikin model of a Cormack and Lehane grade III/IV view. Volunteers attending the Australian College of Ambulance Professionals conference, Adelaide, in November 2006 received approximately 5 min of Airtraq training. First-time intubation success rate was 26/33 (79%) (95% CI 61-91%); oesophageal intubation rate was 0/33 (0%) (95% CI 0-11%); median time to intubation was 17 s (IQR 10-25 s (range 5-30 s)); and median subject-rated difficulty of use score was 21 out of a maximum of 100 (IQR 7.5-35.5 (range 1-65)). Pre-hospital providers without previous laryngoscopy training achieved high first-time intubation success rates when managing a model of a grade III/IV difficult intubation with an Airtraq laryngoscope. Users evaluated it as easy to use and achieved intubation within an acceptable breath-to-breath interval.

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