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New single-use video laryngoscope enables fast intubations

Verathon : 04 June, 2007  (New Product)
Verathon has introduced the GlideScope Cobalt, a single-use video laryngoscope that provides a clear, real-time view of the patient’s airway and is designed to enable quick intubation.
The instrument has been optimised for demanding operating room (OR), emergency department (ED) and intensive care unit (ICU) applications, the GlideScope Cobalt single-use design, which eliminates the need for disinfecting the ‘blade’, is ideal for fast-paced intubation settings.

GlideScope video laryngoscopes (GVL) provide a real time view of the airway and of endotracheal tube placement, minimising the need for a ‘blind’ intubation procedure. The GlideScope Cobalt design is based off the popular GlideScope reusable video laryngoscope that achieves a Cormack-Lehane Grade I or Grade II view 99 percent of the time.

“The rapid, widespread acceptance of GlideScope as both a routine and difficult airway tool has made GlideScope a high demand instrument in the OR,” said Dr John Pacey, inventor of the GlideScope and president of Verathon Medical Canada ULC. “Anaesthesiologists began asking us for a single-use version, so they could eliminate the wait that came from disinfecting a reusable instrument. The team at Verathon Medical Canada developed Cobalt to meet that need.”

GlideScope Cobalt consists of: a slim video baton which houses a high-resolution camera with a patented anti-fogging mechanism to resist lens contamination; a non-glare colour monitor; and single-use, sterile GVL Stats in large and small sizes that offer a patented 60-degree blade angulation. GlideRite tracheal tubes and a 90 degree rigid stylet, both used to facilitate intubation, are provided, along with a protective cradle for the video baton. An instructional manual as well as setup and use quick reference cards are also included.

“The elimination of the cleaning delay makes the GlideScope Cobalt useful in urgent situations and for institutions with a high GVL usage rate,” stated Timothy Turkstra, MD, FRCPC, Department of Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine, London Health Sciences Centre, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada.

“As a single-use device, it also offers a potential advantage with respect to reduced disease transmission, and it follows the current trend of using single-use medical devices wherever possible,” added Philip M Jones, MD, FRCPC, Department of Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine, London Health Sciences Centre, University Hospital, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada.
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