A better way to open an airway

Story excerpt provided by Medical Press.

Written by Matt Schutte.

We’ve all seen the procedure on medical drama television shows. A patient is critically injured or ill, and paramedics, nurses or doctors need to open their airway quickly. The delicate procedure is called intubation and it’s most commonly performed using a tool called a laryngoscope.

With nearly 25 million intubations performed each year in the U.S., and at least 1 percent ending in failure, there is a pressing need for improved technology. So a team of Ohio State engineers began working with Dr. Hamdy Awad, an anesthesiologist at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and associate professor in the College of Medicine.

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Originally published December 3, 2015.

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