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Neonatal videolaryngoscopy: a new scope offering improved direct airway views
  1. Sandy Kirolos,
  2. Joyce O'Shea
  1. Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Sandy Kirolos, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Royal Hospital for Children Glasgow, Glasgow, UK; Sandy.Kirolos{at}; Dr Joyce O'Shea; joyce.o'shea{at}

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Neonatal intubation is currently a mandatory skill to acquire for all paediatric trainees in the UK.1 In recent years, the opportunity for junior trainees to learn this challenging skill is diminishing, in part due to changing practices in the respiratory management of preterm infants and the popularity of less invasive surfactant administration techniques. As such, each intubation attempt needs to be a valuable learning experience for the trainee, which is safe for the patient. Videolaryngoscopy has been shown to improve neonatal intubation success rates when used as a training tool,2 but trainees may still need to intubate with a conventional laryngoscope via a direct airway view in emergency situations.

We previously reported …

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  • Contributors SK and JOS contributed equally to writing and editing this letter.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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