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Video laryngoscopy and the EMS provider

Patrick S. Shay, Sr., RN, CRNA, MSN, PHRN, EMT-P
CE Accreditation: Emergency Medical Services (CAPCE)

Airway management is an essential skill for EMS professionals. With new tools developed as alternatives to direct laryngoscopy and intubation, we need to consider the adoption of these new tools in the EMS world. Video laryngoscopy has enjoyed a rapid increase in popularity and may now be considered by many as the first-line technique in airway management to obtain first-pass success.

Listen to Patrick Shay, with over 30 years of experience in EMS, share his experience with video laryngoscopy in the pre-hospital environment.
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Intubate different types of airways using the McGRATH™ MAC video laryngoscope in the Airway Unit.

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At Medtronic, we work in collaboration with market-leading partners to reach more patients with quality care. Our technologies are integrated into many of the devices and monitors you utilize each day. To get connected with the right OEM or distributor partner for each of the therapies listed below, reach out to us today.
McGRATH™ MAC Video Laryngoscope

With the McGRATH™ MAC video laryngoscope, you can be better prepared for the unexpected. By combining confidence with simplicity and convenience, you can be sure your first attempt is your best. The camera at the end of the blade provides continuous visualization while using the familiar MacIntosh direct laryngoscope technique. This means that even the occasional intubator can access the airway reliably.
Nellcor™ Pulse Oximetry

Your fast, sensitive and accurate responses to patient needs are critical. Count on Nellcor™ pulse oximetry to help, with SpO2 measurements that are tied to true arterial oxygen saturation and cardiac-induced pulse — putting you closer to your patients. Plus our customizable Nellcor™ SatSeconds alarm management tool can help reduce clinically insignificant alarms,3 so you can respond confidently to patients most in need.
Microstream™ Capnography Monitoring

Microstream™ capnography  technology and new Microstream™  Advance Filterlines are available in standalone monitors and in all leading EMS monitor defibrillators. Clinician time and resources are limited, but a patient’s needs are not. Microstream™-enabled capnography monitoring provides an early warning of respiratory compromise,2 offering clinicians the opportunity to provide care sooner and quickly determine how to intervene, reducing risk and saving time, money, and lives. 
Shiley™ Endotracheal Tubes  

Shiley™ airway management products have been a trusted brand for more than 40 years, and we are dedicated to providing superior products for optimal value. Explore our expansive endotracheal tube portfolio including evac technology – which may reduce the instance of VAP4 – and the TaperGuard™ cuff – shown to reduce microaspiration by an average of 90% compared to the Shiley™ Hi-Lo cuff.5
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1. Based on Internal Report Nellcor (Clark R. Baker). Alarm Performance of the N-595 With Sat-Seconds During Controlled Non-Motion Breathedowns. April 19, 2001. 
2. Maddox RR, Oglesby H, Williams CK, Fields M, Danello S., Continuous respiratory monitoring and a “smart” infusion system improve safety of patient-controlled analgesia in the postoperative period. http://www.ahrq.gov/downloads/pub/advances2/vol4/Advances-Maddox_111.pdf View Abstract 
3. Pozuelo-Carrascosa, D. P., Herráiz-Adillo, N., Alvarez-Bueno, C., Añón, J. M., Martínez-Vizcaíno, V., & Cavero-Redondo, I. (2020). Subglottic secretion drainage for preventing ventilator-associated pneumonia: an overview of systematic reviews and an updated meta-analysis. European Respiratory Review, 29(155), 190107. https://doi.org/10.1183/16000617.0107-2019 
4. Shiley™ TaperGuard™ endotracheal tube and Shiley™ TaperGuard™ Evac endotracheal tube 510(k)#090352 benchtop testing. 
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