EMS Single-Use Laryngoscope Developed By Verathon, Inc.

Verathon, Inc., has developed a single-use GlideScope Ranger video laryngoscope for emergency medical service, emergency room and military applications.

The single-use design eliminates the need for disinfecting the “blade” and is ideal for fast-paced intubation settings, according to the manufacturer.

Developed for “first pass success,” the company said its GlideScope video laryngoscopes provide a real time view of an airway and of endotracheal tube placement, minimizing the need for a blind intubation procedure.

“The GlideScope Ranger has become very popular with emergency personnel over the past year,” said Dr. John Pacey, inventor of the device and President of Verathon Medical Canada ULC. “Their only request was for a single-use version, so they could eliminate the wait that comes from disinfecting a reusable instrument.”

The GlideScope Ranger Single Use consists of: a slim video baton which houses a high-resolution camera with a patented anti-fogging mechanism to resist lens contamination; a non-glare color monitor that is easily seen in bright light; and single-use, sterile GVL Stats in large and small sizes that offer a patented 60-degree blade angulation.

Endotracheal intubation carries a higher risk of improper tube placement when performed in an out-of-hospital setting, according to Verathon. Clinical studies report that in emergency out-of-hospital intubations, up to 25 percent of endotracheal tubes are misplaced, with 66 percent of misplaced tubes being inserted into the esophagus, the company said. Out-of-hospital intubations also carry a greater risk of complications.

In a study of patients with severe head injuries undergoing endotracheal intubation, the company said the odds of death were approximately four times greater for patients intubated outside the hospital. With that data in mind, Verathon designed the Ranger to assist in challenging pre-hospital endotracheal intubation.

The Ranger, operational in seconds, is compact for easy carrying and storage and weighs less than two pounds. It was designed to be dependable in an array of field conditions, including temperatures of minus-4 degrees to 122 degrees Fahrenheit, humidity up to 100 percent, and altitude up to 20,000 feet. The integrated, rechargeable lithium polymer battery provides minimum 90-minute continuous-use autonomy and allows for approximately 20 intubations per battery cycle.

GlideRite tracheal tubes and a 90-degree rigid stylet, both used to facilitate intubation, are also provided.

For information call 800-331-2313 go to www.verathon.com.

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