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J A N U A R Y 2 0 2 0 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 7 9 F rom video laryngo- scopes to supraglot- tic air- ways, advanced airway devices have made intu- bations and sedations safer than ever — assum- ing that your anesthesia providers are comfort- able using them. You know what they say about assuming. "We have lots of fancy airway devices and toys that have improved first-pass success and safety of intubation, but staying proficient on all the many different devices is a challenge when there are 10 different video laryngoscopes," says University of Florida College of Medicine professor of anesthesiology Lauren Berkow, MD, FASA, who's also president of the Society for Airway Management. Calling video laryngoscopes "the biggest innovation in routine airway management in the last 20 years," Richard P. Dutton, MD, MBA, chief qual- ity officer at U.S. Anesthesia Partners in Dallas, Texas, notes a gradual shift toward intubation via video laryngoscope as the standard of care. "We still teach direct laryngoscopy, but more and more, the routine practice is turning to video laryngoscopy because it's a little bit easier and more reliable," says Dr. Dutton. Over the years, the screens, optics, size, shape and form on video Master of the Airway Are your providers comfortable with an airway device in their hands? Joe Paone | Senior Associate Editor • DREAM SCREEN Video laryngoscopes let anesthesia providers see the airway better than ever before — and they're simpler to use than traditional laryngo- scopes, where you have to get the right angle and physically see with your eyes.

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