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Tracheal intubation using the Airtraq: a comparison with the lightwand.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20497149     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The Airtraq laryngoscope is a new tracheal intubation device that has been developed for the management of normal and difficult airways. As with the lightwand, the Airtraq can be used without placing the patient in the 'sniffing position' for direct laryngoscopy. The purpose of this study was to compare the efficacy and usability of the Airtraq with that of the lightwand during routine airway management. One hundred ASA 1-2 patients scheduled for elective surgery under general anaesthesia were randomly assigned to either the Airtraq (n = 50) or lightwand (n = 50). Intubation was performed by one of two anaesthetists experienced in the use of both devices. There was no difference in success rate, intubation time, and haemodynamic response between the two groups. In conclusion, the Airtraq and lightwand have similar efficacy in patients without risk factors for difficult intubation.
E Y Park; J Y Kim; J S Lee
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial     Date:  2010-05-17
Journal Detail:
Title:  Anaesthesia     Volume:  65     ISSN:  1365-2044     ISO Abbreviation:  Anaesthesia     Publication Date:  2010 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-07-20     Completed Date:  2010-08-04     Revised Date:  2013-05-20    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370524     Medline TA:  Anaesthesia     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  729-32     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Anesthesia and Pain Research Institute, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
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MeSH Terms
Anesthesia, General / methods
Equipment Design
Intubation, Intratracheal / instrumentation*,  methods
Laryngoscopy / methods
Middle Aged
Prospective Studies

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