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Crit Care. 2012 Oct 29;16(5):162. doi: 10.1186/cc11641.

Airway management disasters in the ICU--lessons learned?

Abstract

The C-MAC video laryngoscope substantially reduced poor glottic views and increased intubation success in ICU patients with at least one predictor for difficult intubation. However, all video-assisted and optical intubation devices have different view angles, thus producing different images with particular distortion, and even experts in 'old-fashioned' airway management need a substantial level of training with a certain device before using it safely and successfully in critical situations and patients. Video laryngoscopes, regardless of a particular brand or device, cannot be used intuitively - they require expert skills and routines to be turned into a life-saving airway management tool.

PMID:
23107012
PMCID:
PMC3682266
DOI:
10.1186/cc11641
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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