Awake Tracheal Intubations with ProVu™ Video Stylet

14th June 2021

This month, Dr. Imran Ahmad and Dr. Siew-Ling Harrison of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital published a paper looking at the ProVu™ Video Stylet as an awake intubating devices.

Management of the difficult airway is integral to peri-operative practice. The development of devices to simplify airway handling are changing our approach to tracheal intubation. We report a case series of three patients who underwent awake tracheal intubation with the ProVu™ video stylet (Flexicare Medical Ltd, Mountain Ash, UK).

All three patients had predicted difficult airways, including: limited mouth opening secondary to radiotherapy; previous exenteration, hemi-maxillectomy and scapular free flap formation; and cervical fixation. Awake tracheal intubation was performed successfully in all three cases, with no complications reported. This is the first reported case series of the ProVu™ video stylet as an awake tracheal intubation device. The benefits and limitations of this video stylet are discussed.

Watch Dr. Siew-Ling Harrison as she shares her first hand experiences of using the ProVu™ Video Stylet in a case series of three patients with predicted difficult airways, who underwent awake tracheal intubation.

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