The Airtraq Optical Laryngoscope in Helicopter Emergency Medical Services: A Pilot Trial
AirTraq Avant and wireless monitor system being demonstrated by Dr DuCanto
Hi folks ! Journal reading time again!
IN the latest Air Medical Journal March 2013, this interesting but not surprising study of the use of the AirTraq Optical laryngoscope by an American civilian HEMS/air ambulance service.
This is the second study looking at use of the AirTraq in a helicopter ambulance service. Cliff Reid wrote a blog article about the first Austrian study here
Take home messages :
- Be wary of new airway devices in the prehospital setting
- It probably requires more than minimum period of training on mannikins before prehospital providers get confident and competent in new airway devices.
- The Airtraq can be not uncommonly defeated by blood, vomit and fluids in the airway.