• Comparison of the Airtraq and Truview laryngoscopes to the Macintosh laryngoscope for use by Advanced Paramedics in easy and simulated difficult intubation in manikins.

      Nasim, Sajid; Maharaj, Chrisen H; Butt, Ihsan; Malik, Muhammad A; O' Donnell, John; Higgins, Brendan D; Harte, Brian H; Laffey, John G; Department of Anaesthesia, Galway University Hospitals, Galway, Ireland. dr_snasim@yahoo.com (2009)
      Paramedics are frequently required to perform tracheal intubation, a potentially life-saving manoeuvre in severely ill patients, in the prehospital setting. However, direct laryngoscopy is often more difficult in this environment, and failed tracheal intubation constitutes an important cause of morbidity. Novel indirect laryngoscopes, such as the Airtraq and Truview laryngoscopes may reduce this risk.
    • A comparison of the Glidescope, Pentax AWS, and Macintosh laryngoscopes when used by novice personnel: a manikin study.

      Malik, Muhammad A; Hassett, Patrick; Carney, John; Higgins, Brendan D; Harte, Brian H; Laffey, John G; Department of Anaesthesia, Galway University Hospitals, Clinical Sciences Institute, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland. (2009-11)
      Direct laryngoscopic tracheal intubation is a potentially lifesaving procedure, but a difficult skill to acquire and maintain. The consequences of poorly performed intubation attempts are potentially severe. The Pentax AWS and the Glidescope are indirect laryngoscopes that may require less skill to use. We therefore hypothesized that AWS and Glidescope would prove superior to the Macintosh laryngoscope when used by novices in the normal and simulated difficult airway.