ABSTRACT: The GlideScope videolaryngoscope is a new device for endotracheal intubation, which provides a view of the glottis without alignment of the oral pharyngeal and tracheal axes. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the performance of the GlideScope in patients.
We evaluated the performance of the GlideScope" in 200 consecutive patients requiring orotracheal intubation for surgery.
In the 200 patients, excellent (Cormack-Lehane [C-L] view 1) or good (C-L 2) laryngeal exposure was obtained in 68% and 31% respectively and successful orotracheal intubation was achieved in all the patients. The mean +/- SD time to intubate was 51 +/- 20 seconds in trainees, 52 +/- 25 seconds in junior anesthesia residents, 48 +/- 18 seconds in senior anesthesia residents, and 50 +/- 18 seconds in staff anesthetists.
The GlideScope was easily handled not only by experienced anesthetists but also by novice personnel. The GlideScope seems to be a novel device in routine and difficult airway management.
Masui. The Japanese journal of anesthesiology 10/2007; 56(9):1059-64.