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AP Advance Video Laryngoscope

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Working alongside anaesthetists, IDC delivered the complete design, electronics and manufacturing development of a world-leading video laryngoscope.

The Video Laryngoscope is a hand-held endoscopic instrument used to assist during laryngoscopy and endotracheal intubation. The device is used to obtain a view of the glottis to aid tracheal intubation. It may be used to facilitate endotracheal intubation as part of general anaesthesia or CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) during cardiac arrest. The Video Laryngoscope is powered by a Lithium Polymer rechargeable battery.

IDC developed a groundbreaking laryngoscope for the Venner Group. The device, which is used during anaesthesia to introduce an endotracheal tube, is the first of its kind to offer both standard, Mac3 and Mac4, as well as the Difficult Airway Blades (DAB).

The DAB offers manoeuvrability and both excellent viewing and exact positioning of the endotracheal tube through the vocal chords in cases where the anatomy would otherwise make intubation difficult.

IDC was tasked to work alongside Venner clinicians through all the design phases; from concept through to production, including electronics, compliance and testing.

IDC's design team spent considerable time observing and researching the different types of laryngoscopes in use. IDC used this research as the basis for the new laryngoscope and carried out extensive testing during development before selecting the final design.

Venner was keen to have a laryngoscope with the latest technological advancements on board and IDC therefore integrated a leading edge miniature video camera and a high quality display in the design, as well as a rechargeable battery.

The laryngoscope can be used as a traditional, stand-alone laryngoscope, or as a video laryngoscope, with the addition of the video viewer, which connects to the handle. The high image quality camera chip and high intensity white LED light source provide a clear image of the laryngeal structures.

The resulting system was extremely intuitive and has received outstanding feedback following studies of its use by medical staff.

IDC created a device, which not only delivers the benefits for patients, but is also more convenient and easy to use for medical staff.

The Laryngoscope has won two design awards, one of which is the esteemed red dot, 'best of the best' award in the product design category.