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Anaesth Intensive Care. 2009 Mar;37(2):219-33.

Video and optic laryngoscopy assisted tracheal intubation--the new era.

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Department of Women's Anaesthesia, KK Hospital, Singapore.


With advances in technology, videoscopy and optic intubation have been gaining popularity particularly in patients with difficult airways or as rescue devices in failed intubation attempts. Their routine use is, however an uncommon occurrence. This review paper will summarise some of those newly developed devices currently available to assist tracheal intubation, their advantages, disadvantages when compared with the conventional laryngoscope and finally, evidence to support their use in both elective and emergency airway management.

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