1Associate Professor of Anesthesia and Intensive Care, Chairman of the Austrian Working Group for Airway Management and Director of the Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care, Empress Elisabeth Hospital of the City of Vienna, Vienna, Austria.
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December 31, 2009.
Published: December 31, 2009.
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Zadrobilek E. More on teaching and training of airway management
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In this issue of the Internet Journal of Airway Management, there are two contributions on teaching and training of airway management (AM) techniqes. The first contribution deals with flexible bronchoscopy-assisted orotracheal intubation using the lower-profile GlideScope Video Laryngoscope (1) and the second one with orotracheal intubation with the Airtraq Optical Laryngoscope using a dedicatad video system (2). In both studies, the success rate of tracheal intubation performed by less experienced operators at the first attempt was 96 percent and tracheal intubation was successful after a maximum of two attempts.
Both studies started with the initial use of a suitable airway model for hands-on training; this approach was obviously the key factor for success. When the operators performed their early series of laryngoscopy and tracheal intubation attempts on patients with variable degrees of airway difficulties and a wide range of conventional laryngeal views, they were already familiar and confident with the techniques. Viewing the entire laryngoscopy and tracheal intubation process also by the instructor on a video screen provided constructive feedback to the operator throughout the procedure.
The editor and the editorial board of this journal want to encourage the anesthesia, intensive care, and emergency medicine community to communicate their experinces with other teaching and training methods of AM techniques on airway models and in clinical practice.
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