Adoption of video laryngoscopy by a major academic anesthesia department

J Comp Eff Res. 2021 Feb;10(2):101-108. doi: 10.2217/cer-2020-0185. Epub 2021 Jan 20.


Aim: To describe the adoption patterns of intubating devices used at a major teaching and research facility. Materials & methods: Retrospective analysis of 2012-2019 data on frequency and trends in airway management devices collected from our anesthesia information management system. Results: Use of direct laryngoscopy was more frequent, but there was a downward trend in use over time (p < 0.008) in favor of video laryngoscopy (VL), which increased significantly (p < 0.008). The largest growth among devices was the McGrath VL, which increased from 0.2% in 2012 to 36.2% of cases in 2019. Conclusion: Our study shows a clear increase in VL usage which has implications in quality of care and medical education.

Keywords: airway management; anesthesia; endotracheal intubation; indirect laryngoscope; video laryngoscope.

MeSH terms

  • Anesthesia Department, Hospital*
  • Humans
  • Intubation, Intratracheal
  • Laryngoscopy*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Video Recording