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Comparison of the Glidescope and Airtraq optical laryngoscopes in patients undergoing direct microlaryngoscopy.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19302649     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Optical laryngoscopes have been developed to facilitate difficult airway management. The Airtraq is a single-use device and the GlideScope is reusable. In this study, the Airtraq and the Glidescope were compared in 60 ASA I-III patients with tumours of the upper airway undergoing direct endoscopic microlaryngoscopy. Patients were randomly assigned to the Airtraq or the Glidescope group and the Cormack and Lehane grade was assessed by Macintosh laryngoscopy prior to tracheal intubation. There were no differences in tracheal intubation success rates or duration of intubation attempts between both devices. The Cormack and Lehane grade was improved in 77% and 82% of cases in the Airtraq and Glidescope group, respectively. Blood traces on the device and traumatic pharyngeal lesions were found more frequently in the Airtraq group. The Airtraq and Glidescope laryngoscopes are valuable tools for the management of patients with potentially difficult airways with the Glidescope appearing to be less traumatic.
M Lange; M Frommer; A Redel; H Trautner; J Hampel; P Kranke; F Kehl; L U Scholtz; N Roewer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Anaesthesia     Volume:  64     ISSN:  1365-2044     ISO Abbreviation:  Anaesthesia     Publication Date:  2009 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-03-23     Completed Date:  2009-04-02     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370524     Medline TA:  Anaesthesia     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  323-8     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Anaesthesia and Critical Care, University of Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Deglutition Disorders / etiology
Disposable Equipment
Equipment Design
Equipment Reuse
Head and Neck Neoplasms / surgery
Laryngoscopes* / adverse effects
Laryngoscopy / adverse effects,  methods*
Middle Aged
Pharyngitis / etiology
Postoperative Complications

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