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New single-use video laryngoscope handles preterm and neonatal patients

Verathon : 18 September, 2008  (New Product)
New GlideScope single-use video laryngoscope systems have been introduced by Verathon for preterm and neonatal patients.
Designed for small, delicate anatomy, the new GlideScope video laryngoscope Cobalt 1-2 and Ranger Single Use 1-2 provide a clear, real-time view of the child's airway, enabling quick intubation. The GlideScope Cobalt and Ranger preterm and neonatal devices are ideal for younger patients in fast-paced intubation settings, such as the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), the operating room (OR), and the emergency department (ED).

'Because smaller-sized devices often don't exist, pediatric anesthesiologists frequently have to use and adapt to equipment designed for larger patients,' said Dr John Pacey, inventor of the GlideScope and president of Verathon Medical Canada. 'The team at Verathon Medical Canada developed the new smaller-sized GlideScope GVL stats and video baton so pediatric health care providers would have devices properly-sized for their patients.'

Anaesthesiologists who work with pediatric patients appreciate the new smaller devices. 'I had a rather amazing case. The patient was a 9-week old with probable Goldenhar syndrome for cleft lip repair and removal of skin tag,' stated Cheryl Gooden, MD, FAAP and assistant professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, USA. 'I used the small Cobalt blade for this patient and got an excellent view of the vocal cords.'

GlideScope Cobalt and Ranger Single Use designs consist of: a slim reusable video baton which houses a high-resolution camera with an anti-fogging mechanism to resist lens contamination; a nonglare colour monitor; and single-use, sterile GVL Stats in two preterm and neonatal sizes that offer specific blade angulation. Health care providers can choose between the Cobalt product that comes with a 6.5 inch view monitor with NTSC video output to enable recording, or the compact and rugged Ranger that offers an integrated 3.5 inch screen.

Minimising the need for ‘blind’ intubation procedures, GlideScope video laryngoscopes (GVL) provide a real time view of the airway and of endotracheal tube placement. The GlideScope Cobalt and Ranger single-use designs, which eliminate the need for disinfecting the ‘blade’, are based on the popular GlideScope GVL reusable video laryngoscope that achieves a Cormack-Lehane Grade I or Grade II view 99 percent of the time.
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