Presented in part at the Society for Airway Management Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL; Sept 2010.
Clinical evaluation of the Levitan Optical Stylet*
Article first published online: 13 MAY 2011
© 2011 The Authors. Anaesthesia © 2011 The Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland
Volume 66, Issue 7, pages 579–581, July 2011
How to Cite
Aziz, M. and Metz, S. (2011), Clinical evaluation of the Levitan Optical Stylet. Anaesthesia, 66: 579–581. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2044.2011.06708.x
- Issue published online: 20 JUN 2011
- Article first published online: 13 MAY 2011
- Accepted: 28 February 2011
A Levitan Optical Stylet with a modified curve was used in the operating theatre for 301 timed tracheal intubations. Jaw lift was provided manually instead of with a direct laryngoscope. All tracheas except one were intubated successfully (99.7%). Mean (SD) intubation times were 23 (24) s. Three patients (1%) suffered minor trauma. The modified Levitan Optical Stylet can be used without direct laryngoscopy as an effective, rapid and relatively atraumatic tool for intubation, even in difficult airways. It may be appropriate as an alternative or primary intubation technique instead of direct laryngoscopy.