Videolaryngoscopy for intubation skills training of novice military airway managers

Benjamin W. Berg, Eileen K. Beamis, W. Bosseau Murray, Ben H. Boedeker

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5 Scopus citations


An estimated 10% of preventable battlefield deaths are due to Airway obstruction. Improved airway rescue strategies are needed with new tools for airway management by less experienced providers. Airway management and training are improved using video laryngoscopy (VL) compared to direct laryngoscopy (DL). We evaluated if novices could rapidly acquire fundamental skills and compared intubation time and laryngeal visualization using VL compared to DL in a manikin model of normal laryngeal anatomy. For 43 subjects mean intubation time did not differ for DL (25.9 ± 24.5 seconds) vs. VL (26.4 ± 31.5 seconds) {p = 0.94 paired t-test}. Self reported novice intubation time was 6.82 ± 31.0 seconds greater with VL (31.6 ± 34.6 seconds) vs. DL (24.8 ± 18.5 seconds) {p = 0.255 paired t-test}. VL vs. DL time difference was not different between self-reported novice and non-novice groups. Mean Cormack-Lehane airway visualization grades (range 1-4) were higher with VL (1.95 ± 0.97) vs. DL (1.02 ± 0.15) {Students t-test p <0.0001}. VL (69.7%) was preferred to DL (18.6%); no preference was indicated by 11.6%.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMedicine Meets Virtual Reality 17 - NextMed
Subtitle of host publicationDesign for/the Well Being
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages3
ISBN (Print)9781586039646
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event17th Annual MMVR Conference - NextMed: Design for/the Well Being, MMVR17 2009 - Long Beach, CA, United States
Duration: Jan 19 2009Jan 22 2009

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365


Conference17th Annual MMVR Conference - NextMed: Design for/the Well Being, MMVR17 2009
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLong Beach, CA


  • Airway management
  • Indirect laryngoscopy
  • Intubation
  • Novice
  • Training
  • Videolaryngoscope
  • Videolaryngoscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management


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