There were NO complications in the Vie Scope® group. Three patients died in the Macintosh group.
This landmark study has shown that with minimal training, practitioners of intubation can achieve nearly 100% intubation FPS – a bar set by many #medical organizations. Despite years of practice, #simulation #training, courses, and so on, paramedics’ use of a ‘difficult’ device such as a Macintosh laryngoscope was as successful as choosing ‘heads’ with a coin flip. This should not be tolerated, but unfortunately, it is.
For years #ems, #emergencymedicine, and #criticalcare healthcare workers have had dealt with #difficultairway using poor equipment in tough circumstances. The push to have EMS use video laryngoscopy (VL) has been a fallacy. Most cannot afford it and VL requires years of frequent practice to become somewhat proficient. Improved VL FPS has not been borne out for everyone. Removal of #endotracheal intubation (ETI), the airway gold standard, instead of figuring out how to achieve successful ETI is a patient disservice.