McGrath Video Laryngoscope - Dad says this is the greatest advancement in laryngoscopes since...the invention of the laryngoscope.

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Even as an non-medical person, I can see the appeal of this McGrath Video Laryngoscope. Certainly gives intubators an excellent internal view without forcing them to sacrifice their backs to get that view. I can't imagine trying to constantly adjust my position on a conventional scope's viewfinder when a patient is "combative" -- good way to loose an eye.

McGrath Video Laryngoscope

I'm sold! After seeing the video, I'm tempted to grab a flexistaw and practice my intubation technique on my son :)

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Jim — 10 February 2008, 19:19

Just a couple of comments from someone who's been intubating for 32 years. If you have a laryngscope in a "combative" patient, something has gone wrong. Also, if you're close enough to the scope to be in danger of losing an eye, you're too close. Seriously, during conventional laryngoscopy, you can improve your depth perception by using both eyes, which implies backing off. I know when I intubate little babies (say 30 week or so), I'm kind of stressed, as it's not my usual patient. The more anxious I am, the closer to the scope I find myself holding my eye. If I remember to back off a bit, I seem to have an easier time of it.

Which brings up another point: using any of these monocular indirect vision devices (Bullard, Shikani, Fiberoptic, McGrath, Pentax, etc, etc,) one loses, by definition, the depth perception that comes from binocular or stereoscopic vision -- not a major problem, but a compensation one must make, consciously or unconsciously, when using such a device.

k- — 22 May 2008, 15:54

The appeal is the portability and avoiding sending an instrument to be sterilized after every use. The portion in contact with the patient is disposable. Head to head with the Bullard, I have no favorite; however, I do use it.