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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 163-167

Tips and tricks to improve videolaryngoscopy skills

1 Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India
2 Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Maulana Azad Medical College and Lok Nayak Hospital, New Delhi, India

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Dr. Divya Jain
Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh - 160 012
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/arwy.arwy_41_21

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Videolaryngoscopes (VLSs) are a promising addition to the difficult airway management armamentarium. These devices utilise video-camera technology to visualise airway structures on a monitor and facilitate endotracheal intubation. They offer an improved view of the glottis without the need for alignment of the oro-pharyngo-laryngeal axes. Today, in the era of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a need for a shift towards a more cautious and circumspect approach towards airway management. Among the aerosol-generating procedures, endotracheal intubation is especially hazardous. Various protocols and guidelines recommend VLSs as the device of choice for intubating COVID-19 patients. It is thus becoming important that airway managers become adept at using various types of VLSs and troubleshoot problems along the way. We have a plethora of these devices with different configurations and shapes. Through this article, we hope to discuss a few practical troubleshooting tips while using different types of VLSs.

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