Airway management disasters in the ICU--lessons learned?

Crit Care. 2012 Oct 29;16(5):162. doi: 10.1186/cc11641.


The C-MAC video laryngoscope substantially reduced poor glottic views and increased intubation success in ICU patients with at least one predictor for difficult intubation. However, all video-assisted and optical intubation devices have different view angles, thus producing different images with particular distortion, and even experts in 'old-fashioned' airway management need a substantial level of training with a certain device before using it safely and successfully in critical situations and patients. Video laryngoscopes, regardless of a particular brand or device, cannot be used intuitively - they require expert skills and routines to be turned into a life-saving airway management tool.

Publication types

  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intensive Care Units*
  • Intubation, Intratracheal / instrumentation*
  • Intubation, Intratracheal / methods*
  • Laryngoscopes / statistics & numerical data*
  • Male