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OSM560-April_DIGITAL_Layout 1 4/5/13 2:32 PM Page 123 THINKING OF BUYING ... Arup De, MD, MBA, and Dino Kattato, CRNA, MS Airway Visualization Devices Tips on buying video laryngoscopes for smoother intubations. I f you're in the market for a video laryngoscope, there's no substitute for test driving these advanced airway management devices in real cases, on real patients. A little product research goes a long way, too. Here are 6 purchasing considerations, followed by 12 product summaries on pages 66 to 71. 1 Ease of use Video laryngoscopes in no way replace the skill and training necessary to facilitate tracheal intubation, but they've changed the way we approach a wide variety of challenging patients. While a device's ease of use depends in large part on a practitioner's level of experience, some devices offer more straightforward operation than others. The blade's size and shape can be prohibitive in patients with limited oral anatomies. Increased manipulation and force could injure oropharyngeal structures, affect the integrity of the endotracheal tube and/or cuff, and hinder the likelihood of first-pass success in intubation. Each of the devices available today provide fiber-optic verification of tracheal intubation, but training is essential. 2 Screen size Size matters! More pixilation equals a higher image resolution and a A P R I L 2 013 | O U T PAT I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E | 1 2 3

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