AirMed has adopted the most advanced airway placement tool available. After much research and consideration the decision was made to use the Glide Scope as the primary method to place endotracheal tubes.
Each crew member has trained with the device, not only on mannequins, but also in the operating room. Each on duty crew is equipped with a Glide Scope. It has a curved blade that is placed into a patient's mouth and at the end of the blade is a small camera that is attached to a monitor. Because of how the blade is shaped, manipulation of the patients head, neck, spine and airway are not as drastic as attempts made with direct visualization. This helps with patients that have limited mobility such as in spinal injuries.
There is a record feature so that each intubation can be documented and reviewed for training and quality assurance purposes. The screen is just a little over six inches square so multiple people can witness the procedure ensuring the tube is placed in the proper position. This is just another way we are striving to provide the best care possible.