Adoption of video laryngoscopy by a major academic anesthesia department

TitleAdoption of video laryngoscopy by a major academic anesthesia department
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsSamuels JD, Tangel VE, Lui B, Turnbull ZA, Pryor KO, White RS, Jiang SY
JournalJ Comp Eff Res
Date Published02/2021
Keywordsairway management, Anesthesia, endotracheal intubation, indirect laryngoscope, video laryngoscope

Aim: To describe the adoption patterns of intubating devices used at a major teaching and research facility.

Materials & methods: Retrospective analysis of 2012-2019 data on frequency and trends in airway management devices collected from our anesthesia information management system.

Results: Use of direct laryngoscopy was more frequent, but there was a downward trend in use over time (p < 0.008) in favor of video laryngoscopy (VL), which increased significantly (p < 0.008). The largest growth among devices was the McGrath VL, which increased from 0.2% in 2012 to 36.2% of cases in 2019.

Conclusion: Our study shows a clear increase in VL usage which has implications in quality of care and medical education.

PubMed ID33470849

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