, A videolaryngoscope was the first of it's kind and is the most widely researched, introduced in 2003, it consists of a handle similar to that of a standard laryngoscope and a non-detachable blade that has a maximum width of 18 mm and a curvature of 60 degrees in the midline. The system is available in 6 single use sizes and suitable for patients from preterm <1.5 Kg to the Morbidly Obese 40 Kg+. A digital camera and light-emitting diodes are embedded at the tip of the blade. The wide-angle lens and remote camera provides a wide field, giving an improved view of the glottis, proven in 96% of cases to reduce a grade ¾ to a grade ½ (Cooper, 2005). The GlideScope is equipped with a unique Reveal ™ anti-fogging system which, together with a design that tends to keep the camera free of blood and secretions, makes it easier to obtain a view of airway structures. These important characteristics of the GlideScope can make training in obtaining a view of the glottis faster and more accurate, which will ultimately result in improved outcome. The range also now includes a Single Use Direct Intubation Trainer which can be used for the instruction and training of Direct Laryngoscopy.
Airway management can be complicated by factors such as trauma, obesity, and other anatomical anomalies, which clinicians must overcome in patients of all sizes and weights. GlideScope video laryngoscopes provide a clear, real-time view of the airway and tube placement.
When used routinely in everyday practice and training, GlideScope significantly improves patient safety, the acquisition of traditional and video laryngoscopy techniques and difficult airway manoeuvres. In addition to patient safety, trainees require shorter supervision times and non-anaesthetists can rapidly gain greater confidence in airway management.
The shared view is designed to significantly improve team working and communication. Other clinical applications include NG Tube insertion and assisting surgeons