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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 351-353

Evaluation of a new laryngoscope according to preparation time

Department of Anesthesiology, Shiga University of Medical Science, Seta Tsukinowa-Cho, Otsu, Shiga, Japan

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Dr. Yasuhiko Imashuku
Department of Anesthesiology, Shiga University of Medical Science, Seta Tsukinowa-Cho, Otsu, Shiga, 520-2192
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DOI: 10.4103/sja.SJA_178_17

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Imashuku Y, Kitagawa H, Mizuno T. Evaluation of a new laryngoscope according to preparation time. Saudi J Anaesth 2018;12:351-3

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Imashuku Y, Kitagawa H, Mizuno T. Evaluation of a new laryngoscope according to preparation time. Saudi J Anaesth [serial online] 2018 [cited 2023 Mar 30];12:351-3. Available from:


The new laryngoscopes require unique preparation processes from those of the conventional Macintosh laryngoscope. Therefore, we measured the time required to prepare the various types of laryngoscopes.

Subjects comprised 30 operating room nurses. The preparation time, until actual intubation was measured for the Macintosh, McGRATH MAC, Pentax AWS, and Airtraq laryngoscopes.

With the Macintosh and McGRATH laryngoscopes, we measured the time it took to assemble the laryngoscope body, to apply lubricant gel to the tip of the intubation tube, and to insert the stylet into the tube. With the AWS, after attaching the blade to the body, we measured the time taken to apply the lubricant gel to the intubation tube and mount the tube in the blade gutter. With the Airtraq, we measured the amount of time it took to apply the lubricant gel to the intubation tube and mount the tube in the body gutter.

For statistical analysis, after examining the normal probability distribution using a Chi-squared test for adequate fit, comparisons were made between the groups using the two-tailed Mann–Whitney U-test. P < 0.05 was considered statistically significant.

  Results Top

The median preparation time required until intubation was 13.44 s (interquartile 11.53–15.93) for the Macintosh laryngoscope, 12.93 s (11.77–14.67) for McGRATH MAC, 29.36 s (20.76–32.04) for Pentax AWS, and 12.71 s (9.46–17.19) for Airtraq. The results showed that the preparation time was significantly longer for the Pentax AWS than for the Macintosh laryngoscope, the McGRATH MAC, and the Airtraq. (P < 0.01) [Figure 1]. No further significant differences or correlations could be made between the scopes with the data obtained in this study (the Macintosh vs. the McGRATH MAC P > 0.43, the Macintosh vs. the Airtraq P > 0.40).
Figure 1: The preparation time required until intubation for each laryngoscope. *P < 0.01 compared with Macintosh laryngoscope, McGRATH MAC, Airtraq. No further significant differences or correlations could be made between the scopes with the data obtained in this study

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  Discussion Top

Our results definitively showed that the Pentax AWS took significantly more time to prepare until intubation than the Macintosh laryngoscope. When performing intubation using the Pentax AWS, a separate, disposable attachment called a PBlade opens up the larynx first. Next, an intubation tube needs to be fitted to a lateral groove on this PBlade, which can be challenging. This may be because the lateral groove is shallow, making it easy for the tube to disconnect when one attempts to fit it to the groove. Further time is lost when taking measures to ensure that the tip of the tube remains uncontaminated. This extended preparation time appears to be a drawback of the Pentax AWS, which could limit its use in emergency situations. However, because most reports indicate the utility of the Pentax AWS, we believe that this drawback needs to be resolved. In departments where emergency intubation is frequently performed, it could be useful to mount the PBlade to the main unit of the Pentax AWS in advance. More importantly, medical staff who prepare equipment for intubation should be regularly educated and trained to minimize the preparation time.

No significant differences were noted between the Macintosh laryngoscope and the Airtraq, whose structure is similar to that of the Pentax AWS. This could be because the Airtraq does not require assembly and the intubation tube is very easy to mount as the lateral groove is deep. Previously, we reported that the deep lateral groove of the Airtraq made it easy to mount the tube during emergencies.[1] There are several features of the Airtraq that differ from those of the Pentax AWS. The anti-fog feature of the Airtraq tip lens takes seconds or tens of seconds to come into operation after the power has been turned on, but we did not measure the time required for this anti-fog feature to function in the present study. This useful feature takes time in the case of the Airtraq and the power must be switched on immediately when preparing the Airtraq in case of emergency.

We observed no significant differences between the McGRATH MAC and the Macintosh laryngoscope. This could be due to extremely simple assembly and similar intubation preparation procedures, which could be favorable to staff unfamiliar with intubation preparation.

This study had a number of limitations. First, this research targeted 30 operating room nurses, but statistically, 30 people are too few. Second, the subjects were relatively experienced operating room nurses. Different results may have been obtained if individuals had been medical staff inexperienced in preparation and intubation. Pentax AWS preparation was time-consuming even for experienced operating room nurses, and untrained staff would have taken substantially longer to set up the Pentax AWS. The third limitation was this study was only a simulation, and the results were not a measurement of actual emergency situations. It is likely that actions that are time-consuming during a simulation would be even more time-consuming in actual practice. Going forward, clinical studies pertaining to these issues need to be considered, i.e., preparation measurements would need to be performed in actual clinical sites. The fourth limitation was that in an emergency when tracheal intubation of a patient is only seconds late, we cannot know how that patient's condition will change. The fifth limitation was that measurements were not performed in a crossover manner. As the individuals were operating room nurses well-experienced in intubation preparation for each of the laryngoscopes, we did not investigate the potential learning curves in this study. Going forward, these methods should be repeated by subjects who are not well-experienced.

  Conclusions Top

The preparation time for intubation was longer for the Pentax AWS, one of the new intubation devices, than for the conventional Macintosh laryngoscope. Despite the time challenge, the Pentax AWS is a useful intubation device [2],[3],[4] and emergency staff need to make an effort to become more skilled in using and handling this device to reduce intubation preparation time and validate the use of this device.

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  References Top

Imashuku Y, Kitagawa H, Kura M, Otada H. New technique using an Airtraq optical laryngoscope in emergencies. J Clin Anesth 2012;24:83-4.  Back to cited text no. 1
Asai T, Liu EH, Matsumoto S, Hirabayashi Y, Seo N, Suzuki A, et al. Use of the Pentax-AWS in 293 patients with difficult airways. Anesthesiology 2009;110:898-904.  Back to cited text no. 2
Maruyama K, Tsukamoto S, Ohno S, Kobayashi K, Nakagawa H, Kitamura A, et al. Effect of cardiopulmonary resuscitation on intubation using a Macintosh laryngoscope, the AirWay scope, and the gum elastic bougie: A manikin study. Resuscitation 2010;81:1014-8.  Back to cited text no. 3
Asai T. Tracheal intubation with restricted access: A randomised comparison of the Pentax-Airway Scope and Macintosh laryngoscope in a manikin. Anaesthesia 2009;64:1114-7.  Back to cited text no. 4


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