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Fiberoptic and video technologies are
now widely used for airway management and have been incorporated in
many airway intubation devices. In the past decade there has been a
growing interest in a new type of device called an intubating fibreoptic
stylet ("optical stylet") for the management of difficult
airways as evidenced by the introduction of at least 10 new optical
stylet devices since 1995. Optical stylets incorporate fiberoptic imaging
elements in an intubation stylet design. They are very appealing because
they combine the viewing capability of fiberoptics with the familiar
handling of a stylet. A review of the reports of clinical experience
with optical stylets suggests they are useful and easy to learn. It
seems likely that they will find an expanding role in the management
of the difficult airway.
For those interested in the evolution of these optical stylets, or looking for a thorough description of their properties and an overview of their clinical performance, please refer to the review article on optical stylets (mentioned below) as well as a Powerpoint-like presentation implemented as a FlashPaper document (free Macromedia Flash player required.)
View the Presentation (FlashPaper)
View the Article in the British Journal of Anaesthesia (Adobe PDF document)
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