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When a critically ill patient needs an emergency intubation, first attempt success is crucial for the best possible outcome. According to the British Journal of Anesthesia, patients who are critically ill have a compromised physiology and often full stomachs in which multiple or prolonged attempts for intubation increase the risk for complications.1

In fact, emergency department (ED) studies suggest that when a second attempt is performed, risk for adverse effects increases from 14 to 47%.2

Dr. Brian Kaufman, professor of medicine, anesthesiology, perioperative care and pain medicine at New York University School of Medicine and New York Harbor VA, expressed in a 2016 Today’s Hospitalists article3 that if there is a failed first-time intubation in the intensive care unit (ICU), mortality is possible.He also states that optimization on the initial attempt is key to preventing adverse complications.

First attempt intubation can be difficult when multiple devices are used. Juggling a laryngoscope, suction device and breathing tube simultaneously can be cumbersome, especially when you only have two hands. The process can result in time delays, life-threatening complications, and possibly cross contamination.

INTUBATE EFFICIENTLY ON THE FIRST TRY WITH ONLY TWO HANDS

The Inscope Direct from Inscope Medical Solutions was designed to optimize airway intubation in emergency and anesthesia practices. This integrated, controllable suction laryngoscope combines the laryngoscope and suction tool in one hand while the other hand is free for the endotracheal tube (ETT).

The Inscope Direct works by quickly removing secretions to allow a continuously clear view of the vocal cords, enabling the healthcare provider to quickly and easily place the ETT.

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To learn more about the Inscope Direct, please email us or call 888-899-1200.

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References

1 https://academic.oup.com/bja/article/117/suppl_1/i60/1744126

2 Griesdale DE, Bosma TL, Kurth T, Isac G, Chittock DR. Complications of endotracheal intubation in the critically ill. Intensive Care Med  2008; 34: 1835–42

3 https://www.todayshospitalist.com/getting-intubations-right-first-time/