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The McGrath MAC: a New Portable Video Laryngoscope

 

 

Ernst Zadrobilek, MD1, Schirin M. Missaghi, MD2, and Klaus Krasser, MD,2

 

1Associate Professor of Anesthesia and Intensive Care, Chairman of the Austrian Working Group for Airway Management, Vienna, Austria.

2Staff Anesthetist and Intensive Care Physician, Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care, Empress Elisabeth Hospital of the City of Vienna, Vienna, Austria.

 

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Received from the Austrian Working Group for Airway Management, Vienna, Austria.

 

Published: January 10, 2011.

 


 

The correct citation of this communiction of new equipment and techniques is:

Zadrobilek E, Missaghi SM, Krasser K. The McGrath MAC: a new portable video laryngoscope. Internet Journal of Airway Management 6, 2010-2011.
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http://www.adair.at/ijam/volume06/newequipment08/default.htm
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Last updated: May 18, 2011.


 

We have favorable experiences with the McGrath Video Laryngoscope (MVL, model series 5; manufactured by Aircraft Medical, Edinburgh, United Kingdom) for tracheal intubation in adult patients (1). The manufacturer of the MVL recently launched the McGrath MAC (MMAC), a lower-cost video laryngoscope (VL) based on the technology of the MVL and allows hygienic reprocessing in an endocopy washing machine.    

 

The MMAC is a battery-powered VL with a miniaturized video screen mounted on the proximal end of the laryngoscope handle and is used with a disposable curved laryngoscope blade (DLB). Laryngoscopy is performed using the Macintosh-technique with indirect lifting of the epiglottis.

 

The costs of the MMAC, the special battery unit, and the DLB are about 3500, 48, and 5 Euro (exclusive value-added taxes, according to the offer of the Austrian distributor of the MMAC, queried in May 2011), respectively.

 

 

Reference

  1. Pils M, Krasser K, Missaghi SM, Zadrobilek E. Evaluation of the McGrath Portable Video Laryngoscope for orotracheal intubation. Internet Journal of Airway Management 4, 2006-2007. Date accessed: January 10, 2011.


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