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Performance of the GlideRite® Rigid Stylet and malleable stylet for tracheal intubation by novices using the GlideScope® videolaryngoscope

  • Fu S. Xue
  • Xu Liao
  • Jian H. Liu
  • Yu J. Yuan
  • Qiang Wang
Correspondence

To the Editor,

In the very interesting article by Jones et al.1 comparing the GlideRite® Rigid Stylet and the standard malleable stylet to facilitate tracheal intubation by novices using the GlideScope® videolaryngoscope (GVL), anesthesiology trainees were defined arbitrarily as novice GVL operators if they had performed ten or fewer GVL intubations. In our view, the definition of novice GVL operators used in this study has several limitations. First, novices who use the GVL experience a rapid learning curve. Nouruzi-Sedeh et al 2. demonstrated that medical personnel untrained in tracheal intubation required only five tracheal intubation attempts to achieve proficiency with the GVL in patients with a normal airway. Second, the authors did not report the experience of the anesthesiology trainees in tracheal intubation with direct laryngoscopes. Since the GVL and direct laryngoscopes share many common features, operators with some experience in performing tracheal intubation with direct...

Keywords

Tracheal Intubation Vocal Cord Airway Management Direct Laryngoscope Airway Device 

Notes

Conflict of interest

None declared.

Conflict of interest

Dr. Jones has received an honorarium for writing a chapter in a booklet entitled: Clinical Applications of Video Laryngoscope published by Anesthesiology News. URL: http://www.anesthesiologynews.com/download/VL_ANGAM09_WM.pdf.

References

  1. 1.
    Jones PM, Loh FL, Youssef HN, Turkstra TP. A randomized comparison of the GlideRite® Rigid Stylet to a malleable stylet for orotracheal intubation by novices using the GlideScope®. Can J Anesth 2011; 58: 256-61.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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References

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    Turkstra TP, Harle CC, Armstrong KP, et al. The GlideScope-specific rigid stylet and standard malleable stylet are equally effective for GlideScope use. Can J Anesth 2007; 54: 891-6.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Jones PM, Loh FL, Youssef HN, Turkstra TP. A randomized comparison of the GlideRite® Rigid Stylet to a malleable stylet for orotracheal intubation by novices using the GlideScope®. Can J Anesth 2011; 58: 256-61.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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© Canadian Anesthesiologists' Society 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Fu S. Xue
    • 1
  • Xu Liao
    • 1
  • Jian H. Liu
    • 1
  • Yu J. Yuan
    • 1
  • Qiang Wang
    • 1
  1. 1.Plastic Surgery HospitalChinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical CollegeBeijingChina

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