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Am J Emerg Med. 2015 Sep;33(9):1273-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ajem.2015.05.003. Epub 2015 May 13.

Tips and Troubleshooting for Use of the GlideScope Video Laryngoscope for Emergency Endotracheal Intubation.

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Emergency Services Institute, Cleveland Clinic Health Systems, Cleveland, OH; Case Western Reserve University-MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland, OH. Electronic address:
Emergency Services Institute, Cleveland Clinic Health Systems, Cleveland, OH.
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH; Department of General Anesthesiology, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH; Department of General Anesthesiology, Anesthesiology Institute, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.


Video laryngoscopy (VL) is still a relatively novel advancement in airway management that offers many potential benefits over direct laryngoscopy. These advantages include decreased time to intubation in difficulty airways, unique opportunities in teaching as the video screen allows for real time teaching points, increased first pass success, particularly with novice operators, and decreased cervical spine motion during intubation. Despite the advantages, the intubation procedure itself has some subtle but significant differences from direct laryngoscopy that change the expected motion as well as troubleshooting techniques, which might discourage the use of the GlideScope by practitioners less familiar with the product. With the hope of generating confidence in the video laryngoscopy procedure, we have compiled some basic tips that we have found helpful when intubating with the GlideScope. These tips include inserting the blade to the left of midline to improve space allowed for the endotracheal tube itself, backing the scope up a small amount to improve the view, holding the tube close to the connector to improve maneuverability, and withdrawing the tube with your thumb to improve advancement through the cords. We hope that, with these tips, in conjunction with ample practice, clinicians can gain comfort and experience with all the tools at our disposal in an effort to provide the best possible care for our patients.

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