Use of the C-MAC Macintosh 0 Blade for Intubation of Infants in the Emergency Department

Pediatr Emerg Care. 2018 Nov 12. doi: 10.1097/PEC.0000000000001665. Online ahead of print.

Abstract

First-pass success rates during intubation of infants in the emergency department have been shown to be low. Video laryngoscopy is being increasingly used during advanced airway management in the emergency department, but available data have not supported improved outcomes with use in pediatrics. The newly available Macintosh size 0 (curved) blade for the C-MAC video laryngoscope offers a narrower blade for use in infants. We describe the use of the new C-MAC Macintosh 0 blade for intubation of 2 infants with apnea secondary to respiratory syncytial virus bronchiolitis. The included video recording demonstrates the favorable glottic view and improved maneuverability offered by the narrower blade but also highlights the limitation in use beyond young infants given the short blade length.