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Marking Madness - April 2013 - Subscribe

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OSM560-April_DIGITAL_Layout 1 4/5/13 2:32 PM Page 125 THINKING OF BUYING ... clearer view. Smaller screens on ultra-portable handheld devices can impair picture clarity and, as a result, a provider's confidence in attaining proper endotracheal tube placement. Several devices offer integration with existing video imaging hardware and monitors that may already be installed in your ORs. This can be a big selling point and advantage to visualization if the airway device will be used in those rooms. 3 Portability Where will your anesthesia providers use the video laryngoscope? A device whose compact size and easy assembly lends itself to enhanced portability can serve the needs of many care settings. But this may subject the instrument — some models of which can cost as much as a flexible endoscope — to loss, misplacement or damage. 4 Cost One big question is, how much of a role will video laryngoscopy play in your facility? Is it going to be used as an emergency backup when attempts at traditional intubation methods have failed? Or are your anesthesia providers planning to use fiber-optic visualization for all airways? Single-use devices are becoming much more popular, offering the dual advantages of preventing cross contamination and eliminating the need to reprocess them, but their costs may escalate with frequent use. 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 5

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