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Comparison of the Levitan FPS Scope and the single-use bougie for simulated difficult intubation in anaesthetised patients.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17448065     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A randomised cross-over study was performed in 34 patients with no evidence of airway difficulties, following induction of general anaesthesia, to compare the efficacy of the Levitan FPS scope (LFPS) and the single-use bougie for tracheal intubation during simulated grade IIIa laryngoscopy. Success rates for intratracheal placement of the device, and the time required for insertion and tracheal intubation were recorded. Both devices were equally successful (31/34 for the LFPS vs 29/34 for the bougie) for insertion into the glottis. The mean insertion time for the LFPS was statistically longer than that for the bougie (4.4-12.5 s) but this difference was not clinically relevant. Intubation times were similar between the two devices. Major problems hindering successful intubation using the LFPS were the presence of a narrow epiglottic-pharyngeal wall space and copious secretions. An inability to maintain the desired shape was the principal cause of failure with the bougie.
K B Greenland; G Liu; H Tan; M Edwards; M G Irwin
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Anaesthesia     Volume:  62     ISSN:  0003-2409     ISO Abbreviation:  Anaesthesia     Publication Date:  2007 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-04-23     Completed Date:  2007-06-07     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370524     Medline TA:  Anaesthesia     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  509-15     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine, Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital, and Anaesthesiology and Critical Care - School of Medicine, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Anesthesia, General*
Cross-Over Studies
Disposable Equipment
Equipment Design
Fiber Optic Technology / instrumentation
Intubation, Intratracheal / instrumentation*
Middle Aged
Time Factors
Treatment Outcome
Erratum In:
Anaesthesia. 2007 Jun;62(6):644

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