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, 59 (8), 811-6

Evaluation of Frova, Single-Use Intubation Introducer, in a Manikin. Comparison With Eschmann Multiple-Use Introducer and Portex Single-Use Introducer

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Evaluation of Frova, Single-Use Intubation Introducer, in a Manikin. Comparison With Eschmann Multiple-Use Introducer and Portex Single-Use Introducer

I Hodzovic et al. Anaesthesia.

Abstract

In a randomised cross-over study, 48 anaesthetists attempted to place a Frova single-use introducer, an Eschmann multiple-use introducer and a Portex single-use introducer in the trachea of a manikin set up to simulate a grade 3 laryngoscopic view. The anaesthetists were blinded to success (tracheal placement) or failure (oesophageal placement). Successful placement (proportion, 95% confidence interval) of either the Frova introducer (65%, 50-77%) or the Eschmann introducer (60%, 46-73%) was significantly more likely than with the Portex introducer (8%, 3-20%). There were no significant differences between the success rates for the Frova and the Eschmann introducers. A separate experiment revealed that the peak force exerted by the Frova and Portex introducers was two to three times greater than that which could be exerted by the Eschmann introducer, p < 0.0001, indicating that the single-use introducers are more likely to cause tissue trauma during placement.

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