Use of a point-of-view camera and an Apple® iPad to teach direct laryngoscopy to trainees
To the Editor,
The ability to teach direct laryngoscopy effectively poses a challenge to medical educators.1 A key difficulty is the inability of the instructor and trainee to visualize the laryngoscopy field of view simultaneously. The ability of the instructor to see what the trainee is seeing would allow for real-time feedback without interference with the laryngoscopy. This concept was previously described by Levitan who invented a head-mounted video system connected to a monitor for real-time display.2 Nevertheless, the costs and technical setup associated with Levitan’s “Airway Cam™” likely limited its widespread use as a teaching tool. To address these limitations, we have created an alternative solution that is simple, portable, cost effective, and as unobtrusive to the trainee as possible.
KeywordsMobile Technology Direct Laryngoscopy Laryngoscopic View Teaching Paradigm High Resolution Video
We thank the Queen’s University School of Medicine for giving us access to the patient simulation lab. We are also grateful to Joelle B. Thorpe, PhD for assistance with editing and submitting this manuscript.
Disclosure of funding
Queen’s University Research Initiation Grant awarded to Robert C. Tanzola.
Conflicts of interest
VIDEO The laryngoscopic view from the point-of-view JVC ADIXXION GC-XA2 camera streamed to an Apple® iPad. The glottis of the mannequin and subsequent intubation is easily visualized (WMV 10684 kb)
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