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Verathon introduces new video laryngoscope optimised for emergency applications

Verathon : 27 September, 2007  (New Product)
Verathon has introduced the GlideScope Ranger Single Use video laryngoscope that provides a clear, real-time view of the airway and endotracheal tube placement, enabling quick intubation.
Optimised for demanding Emergency Department (ED), EMS and military applications, the GlideScope Ranger Single Use design, which eliminates the need for disinfecting the blade’, is ideal for fast-paced intubation settings.

Designed for ‘First Pass Success’, GlideScope video laryngoscopes provide a real time view of the airway and of endotracheal tube placement, minimising the need for a ‘blind’ intubation procedure. The GlideScope Ranger Single Use design is based on the GlideScope reusable video laryngoscope that achieves a Cormack-Lehane Grade I or Grade II view 99 percent of the time.

“The GlideScope Ranger has become very popular with Emergency personnel over the past year,” said Dr John Pacey, inventor of the GlideScope and president of Verathon Medical Canada ULC. “EMS personnel appreciate the view, ease of use, portability and ruggedness of the device. Their only request was for a single-use version, so they could eliminate the wait that comes from disinfecting a reusable instrument.”

The GlideScope Ranger Single Use 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 that is easily seen in bright light; and single-use, sterile GVL Stats in large and small sizes that offer a patented 60-degree blade angulation.

The GlideScope Ranger was designed to meet the needs of military physicians and paramedics who work in extreme conditions and regularly treat patients with severe trauma. Endotracheal intubation carries a higher risk of improper tube placement when performed in an out-of-hospital setting. Clinical studies report that in emergency out-of-hospital intubations, up to 25 percent of endotracheal tubes (ETT) are misplaced, with 66 percent of misplaced tubes being inserted into the oesophagus.

Out-of-hospital intubations also carry a greater risk of complications. In a study of patients with severe head injuries undergoing endotracheal intubation, the odds of death were approximately four times greater for patients intubated outside the hospital. With this data in mind, Verathon designed the Ranger specifically to assist in challenging pre-hospital endotracheal intubation.

The Ranger provides a clear picture of the larynx and vocal cords on a display monitor, enabling visual control of the endotracheal tube in its trajectory toward the airway. Like other GlideScope instruments, the Ranger does not require ‘line of sight’ for view and takes less force than traditional methods, helping eliminate trauma to patients. The instrument facilitates fast, accurate ETT placement in difficult and routine airways, and helps prevent improper ETT placement and related complications in emergency, out-of-hospital situations.

The GlideScope Ranger, operational in seconds, is compact for easy carrying and storage, measuring only 7 1/4 x 6 3/8inches and weighing less than two pounds. With its rugged, high-impact construction, the Ranger was designed to be dependable in an array of field conditions, including temperatures of -4 to +122 degrees F, humidity up to 100 percent, and altitude up to 20,000 feet.

The integrated, rechargeable lithium polymer battery provides a minimum of 90-minute continuous-use autonomy and allows for approximately 20 intubations per battery cycle (depending on usage).

GlideRite tracheal tubes and a 90 degree rigid stylet, both used to facilitate intubation, are also provided.
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