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Anales del Sistema Sanitario de Navarra

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CASTANEDA, M. et al. Airtraq® optical laryngoscopy. Anales Sis San Navarra [online]. 2009, vol.32, n.1, pp.75-83. ISSN 1137-6627.

Endotracheal intubation using direct laryngoscopy continues to be the "gold standard" amongst all the techniques for isolating the airway. Generally this is a secure manoeuvre, but it might become a situation of extreme emergency when dealing with an unexpected difficult airway. The Airtraq® laryngoscope (Prodol Meditec, Vizcaya, Spain) is a new tool for use with the patient. The fact that it is easy to learn to use and simple to handle makes it a practical device in many situations where managing the airway is indicated. Its advantages over the Macintosh laryngoscope have been demonstrated in patients with an airway that it is difficult to manage and in adverse situations outside the surgical setting, when endotracheal intubation has been achieved in a simple way following unsuccessful attempts with conventional laryngoscopes. The greatest benefits in using the Airtraq® laryngoscope have been shown in patients with a pronounced limitation of cervical mobility, and in those where the airway is distorted for anatomical reasons, such as pregnant women and obese patients.

Palabras clave : Airtraq; Difficult airway; Optical laryngoscope; Airway management.

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