A comparison of intubation success for paediatric transport team paramedics using lighted vs regular tracheal tube stylets

Paediatr Anaesth. 1998;8(3):215-20. doi: 10.1046/j.1460-9592.1998.00742.x.


We conducted a prospective randomized study of success rate and time to intubation using Trachlight and Surch-Lite lighted stylets versus a regular tracheal tube stylet, in a training setting. Participants, 18 paediatric transport paramedics, performed two intubations with each of the three devices, using an airway management trainer. There was no significant difference in mean time for intubation between the three devices. The times for external confirmation of correct tube placement were comparable using the two lighted stylets. External confirmation of the tube placement using the lighted stylets was quicker than laryngoscopic visualization. In darkness, with a nonfunctioning laryngoscope, intubations were successfully performed 100% of the time with the lighted stylet, but only 11% of the time with the regular stylet. All paramedics felt that a lighted stylet would be a useful airway management adjunct for the transport environment for complicated intubations or for use in very high or low levels of ambient light.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Comparative Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Air Ambulances
  • Ambulances
  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Child
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Emergency Medical Technicians* / education
  • Equipment Design
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Intubation, Intratracheal / instrumentation*
  • Intubation, Intratracheal / methods
  • Laryngoscopy
  • Light*
  • Prospective Studies
  • Time Factors
  • Transillumination
  • Transportation of Patients
  • Treatment Outcome