[Video laryngoscopy olé! Time to say good bye to direct and flexible intubation?]

Anaesthesist. 2012 Dec;61(12):1017-26. doi: 10.1007/s00101-012-2110-5.
[Article in German]


A number of video laryngoscopy systems have been introduced into anesthetic practice in recent years. Due to the technical concepts of these systems exposure of the laryngeal structures is usually better than with direct laryngoscopy, both in normal airways as well as in those that are difficult to manage. With the increasing use of video laryngoscopy it seems as if direct laryngoscopy and flexible fibrescopic intubation are at risk of becoming redundant. This article describes current developments and discusses why expertise in direct laryngoscopy and flexible fibrescopic intubation should be maintained, particularly by experts in airway management.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Historical Article
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Airway Management
  • Audiovisual Aids
  • Equipment Design
  • History, 20th Century
  • Humans
  • Intubation, Intratracheal / methods
  • Intubation, Intratracheal / trends*
  • Laryngoscopes / history
  • Laryngoscopes / trends*
  • Laryngoscopy / history
  • Laryngoscopy / methods
  • Laryngoscopy / trends*
  • Optical Fibers
  • Video Recording