London hospital anticipates the future of video laryngoscopy
University College Hospital London (UCHL) has recently purchased 19 Verathon, Inc. GlideScope® systems in response to guidelines from the Difficult Airways Society recommending much greater accessibility to video laryngoscopy in hospitals. The supply contract was awarded to the medical device company Verathon, and its intubation technology is now widely available across UCHL’s 26 operating theatres.
Dr Simon Clarke, a consultant anaesthetist, explained: “Around 30 per cent of our patients need intubation, and we have a comparatively large proportion of people coming through with difficult airways, as we are a tertiary referral centre for head and neck cancer. We have over 10 years’ experience working with Verathon’s GlideScope, and the choice of four reusable blades designed for normal and difficult airways offers the versatility we need, as well as cutting down on our waste.”
Dr James Holding, a fellow anaesthetist, continued: “We are very impressed with the device. It’s straightforward to disinfect between different patients, and it ticks all the boxes; it is hard wearing, easy to set up and simple to use, making it a fantastic training tool. We train over 100 anaesthetists every year, and the video capability lets me see the same view as a junior doctor so that I can offer guidance during procedures, and recommend the right amount of pressure on the neck to alter the view of the larynx and the glottis. We anticipate that within a few years it will be standard practice to intubate every patient, and we’ll wonder how we ever managed without video laryngoscopy.”
Verathon is a global medical device company focused on supporting customers by being their trusted partner, delivering high-quality products that endure over time and ensure clinical and economic utility. Two areas where Verathon has significantly impacted patient care, and become the market leader in each, are bladder volume measurement and airway management. The company’s BladderScan portable ultrasound and GlideScope video laryngoscopy systems effectively address unmet needs for healthcare providers and meaningfully raise the standard of care for patients. Verathon, a subsidiary of Roper Technologies, is headquartered in Bothell, Washington, and has international subsidiaries in Canada, Europe and Asia. For more information, please visit verathon.com.
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