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Handheld Video Laryngoscope Facilitates Airway Management

By HospiMedica International staff writers
Posted on 19 Sep 2017
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Image: The GlideScope Go video laryngoscope system (Photo courtesy of Verathon).
Image: The GlideScope Go video laryngoscope system (Photo courtesy of Verathon).
A new high-resolution portable video laryngoscope system provides consistently clear airway views in a wide variety of settings.

The Verathon (Bothell, WA, USA) GlideScope Go video laryngoscope is a compact, easy to use, and ready on demand device intended for clinicians in the hospital and pre-hospital setting. It features a color display with a wide field of view designed for improved visualization and rapid, first-pass intubation. The unit is compatible with GlideScope Spectrum single-use blades for patients ranging from neonate to large adults, helping to reduce cross-contamination and aiding in the infection control efforts.

Features include a 3.5" landscape intuitive display with a scratch-resistant screen, anti-glare coating, and vertical tilt adjustment; hot-swappable blade functionality for rapid exchanges without powering down; an integrated battery that charges to 80% in just two hours, and delivers a minimum 100 minutes of continuous use on a full charge; automatic recording with removable micro-USB drive; dynamic light control and ambient light reduction for enhanced airway views; and a rugged, waterproof design with full dust protection that ensures reliable operation in wet conditions.

“GlideScope Go is an intuitive, handheld solution that adds versatility to clinical airway management,” said Tim Shauf, VP and general manager of respiratory and surgical solutions at Verathon. “Combining GlideScope Go with our Spectrum blades delivers a high-resolution image powered by the latest advancements in lighting and camera technology, including dynamic light control and ambient light reduction.”

“GlideScope Go gives clinicians the confidence of GlideScope technology wherever and whenever they need it,” said Earl Thompson, president of Verathon. “They’re ideal for use in small spaces, emergent procedures, and any setting that requires mobility. GlideScope Go also complements GlideScope cart-based systems, so facilities can standardize their video laryngoscope training and efficiency.”

Since its introduction by Kirstein in 1895, the conventional laryngoscope has been the most popular device for tracheal intubations, requiring a direct view of the target larynx. The frequent failure of direct laryngoscopy to provide an adequate view for tracheal intubation led to the development of alternative devices, such as video and flexible fiberoptic laryngoscopes.

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