Combining Videolaryngoscopy With Fiber-Optic Orotracheal Intubation for Inclusion in the Nonemergency Pathway of the Difficult Airway Algorithm

A A Pract. 2019 Jan 1;12(1):28-29. doi: 10.1213/XAA.0000000000000849.


As technology progresses, our clinical treatment options rise steadily. We are comfortable now with the handling of ready-to-use high-quality videolaryngoscopes and fiber optics, and there is increasing knowledge and practice that the combination of these 2 techniques has a high "rescue rate" in situations when fiber-optic intubation or videolaryngoscopic intubation fails. Therefore, we would recommend to specifically include this technique in the "difficult airway algorithm-nonemergency pathway," so it comes routinely into mind when faced with a "can ventilate, but cannot intubate" situation that warrants intubation for the surgical operation.

MeSH terms

  • Airway Management / instrumentation
  • Airway Management / methods
  • Algorithms
  • Child, Preschool
  • Combined Modality Therapy / instrumentation
  • Fiber Optic Technology / instrumentation*
  • Fiber Optic Technology / methods
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Intubation, Intratracheal / instrumentation*
  • Intubation, Intratracheal / methods
  • Laryngoscopy / instrumentation*
  • Laryngoscopy / methods
  • Video-Assisted Surgery / instrumentation*
  • Video-Assisted Surgery / methods