The McGrath MAC: a New Portable Video Laryngoscope
Ernst Zadrobilek, MD1,
Schirin M. Missaghi, MD2,
of Anesthesia and Intensive Care, Chairman of the Austrian Working
Group for Airway Management,
Anesthetist and Intensive Care Physician, Department of Anesthesia
and Intensive Care, Empress Elisabeth Hospital of the City of
Vienna, Vienna, Austria.
Address correspondence and comments to
Received from the Austrian
Working Group for Airway Management, Vienna, Austria.
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
Available from URL:
Date accessed: month day, year.
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
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.
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.