Robot-assisted airway support: a simulated case

Anesth Analg. 2010 Oct;111(4):929-31. doi: 10.1213/ANE.0b013e3181ef73ec.


Recent advances in telemedicine and robotically assisted telesurgery may offer advanced surgical care for the geographically remote patient. Similar advances in tele-anesthesia will be necessary to optimize perioperative care for these patients. Although many preliminary investigations into tele-anesthesia are underway, none involves remote performance of anesthesia-related procedures. Here we describe simulated robotically assisted fiberoptic intubations using an airway simulation mannequin. Both oral and nasal approaches to fiberoptic intubation were successful, but presented unique opportunities and challenges inherent to the robot's design. Robotically assisted airway management is feasible using multipurpose surgical robotic systems.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Bronchoscopy / methods
  • Fiber Optic Technology / instrumentation*
  • Fiber Optic Technology / methods
  • Humans
  • Intubation, Intratracheal / instrumentation*
  • Intubation, Intratracheal / methods
  • Manikins*
  • Robotics / instrumentation*
  • Telemedicine / instrumentation
  • Telemedicine / methods