J Anesthesia, M. Baciarello, University of Parma, Italy
Purpose. This prospective study was designed to compare learning curves for laryngoscopy with the Airtraq or Macintosh laryngoscopes in patients under general anesthesia.
Methods. Ten medical students with no prior experience in airway management were recruited. Each student performed laryngoscopy with either device on ten consecutive patients.
Conclusion: Students achieved higher success rates using the Airtraq laryngoscope during early training on live patients.
BMC Medical Education, Hong Zhao, Peking University People’s Hospital, Beijing, China
Method: Twenty-six medical students in the 6th year participated in this trial. Each of the students intubated 3 patients with each laryngoscope respectively. Macintosh (n = 75) or Airtraq (n =74).
CONCLUSION: Airtraq laryngoscope is easier to master for novice personnel with a higher intubation success rate and shorter intubation duration compared with the Macintosh laryngoscope.
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