Category Archives: Anaesthesia

2011 EMSSA Emergency Medicine in the Developing World Congress

…just finished in Cape Town today. I was fortunate to present on the pre-conference airway course, and then attend the rest for the last 3 day. The full collection of presentations will be made available later on, but in the meantime, click here to download my rough notes (PDF):  EMSSA 2011 – Very Rough Notes

A taste of the airway course magic (or madness?):

(Demonstrating self-laryngoscopy with the King Video Laryngoscope)

C-MAC Self-laryngoscopy

Today, we acquired a new toy… uh, I mean tool on loan at work.  It’s a Storz C-MAC video laryngoscope.  (If that doesn’t mean anything to you, you’re allowed not be be excited and stop reading now.  Still here?  OK – it’s a thingymegummy for looking down the throat for putting in a breathing tube in patients under anaesthesia, with a video camera built in so that you can see better.  Practical AND technogeeky… who could ask for more?)

We’ve had a GlideScope on loan for quite some time, but it regularly gets withdrawn from theatre for training, so we obviously want our own.  There is of course a lot of competition in the video laryngoscope market, with many different devices and philosophies behind their construction.  I’ve really enjoyed the GlideScope, which (after you’ve ascended the learning curve) is a wonderful device, but it is good to play…uh, I mean work with as many different tools as possible.  Hence, it’s the C-MAC’s turn.

Typically, when the device arrived we had no suitable patients on which to use it, so I had to improvise:  10% lignocaine spray in my own oropharynx eased the process.  The C-MAC has an SD card slot and records photos and video at the touch of a button, so I was able to take a nice picture of my own vocal cords (that’s a Cormack-Lehane grade 2 view for those studying airways) and a video of the process:

If the video is not working you can watch it on YouTube (a goldmine for medical training, by the way):  C-MAC Self-Laryngoscopy