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Airway Management:
The Case forRoutine Video-laryngoscopy

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An adequate airway management plan is essential for patient safety. Recently, new tools have been developed as alternatives to direct laryngoscopy and intubation. These new tools need to be evaluated in terms of efficacy and the cost-effectiveness. One of these new devices, video-laryngoscopy has enjoyed a rapid increase in popularity and is now considered by many as the first-line technique in airway management which may have significant impact on patient safety.


Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this educational activity, the participant will be able to:

  1. Discuss the history and applications of laryngoscopy

  2. Describe the mechanism and use video-laryngoscopy as the new state of the art

  3. Discuss whether video-laryngoscopy can be used routinely 



Dr. Shawn Marsh is currently an anesthesiologist with South Denver Anesthesiologists and US Anesthesia Providers in Denver, CO. Dr. Marsh’s clinical interests include consciousness monitoring, total intravenous anesthesia, ambulatory anesthesia among other areas. He has presented over sixty lectures in medical conferences on the topics of consciousness monitoring and volatile anesthetics. Dr. Shawn serves on the Quality committees for his practice and at Littleton Adventist Hospital.

Continuing Education for Physicians, Nurses, and Respiratory Therapists

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of SynAptiv and Saxe Healthcare Communications. SynAptiv is accredited by ACCME for 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Continuing Respiratory Care Education (CRCE) credit by the American Association of Respiratory Care. This education activity is approved for 1.0 contact hour. Provider Saxe Healthcare Communications approved by California Board of Nursing, Provider # 14477 and the Florida Board of Nursing Provider # 50-17032.

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