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Survey of the use of videolaryngoscopy in neonatal units in the UK
  1. Hannah Thomas1,
  2. Rosemary Lugg1,
  3. Bethan James2,
  4. Charlotte Geeroms2,
  5. Anna Risbridger2,
  6. Rebecca Bell2,
  7. David George Bartle1
  1. 1 Neonatal Unit, Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, Exeter, UK
  2. 2 University of Exeter Medical School, Exeter, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr David George Bartle, Department of Child and Women's Health, Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Exeter EX2 5DW, UK; david.bartle{at}

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Intubation is a core skill for paediatric trainees. Videolaryngoscopy is increasingly used in neonatal units and is recommended as part of the recent British Association of Perinatal Medicine difficult airway guidance.1 Videolaryngoscopy is widely used in adult airway management.

We performed a telephone-based interview of all neonatal units across the UK to ascertain the ownership and use of a videolaryngoscope (VL) within the unit. We inquired about the level of unit, whether the unit had access to a VL and the brand used. We asked if VL was used in various clinical situations. We also asked the units their perceived barriers and challenges to use of videolaryngoscopy. If clinicians were uncertain, clinical directors for the unit were contacted by email.

We received responses from 169 of 200 neonatal …

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  • Contributors Conception and design of study: DGB, HT, RL. Acquisition of data: HT, RL, BJ, CG, AR, RB, DGB. Analysis and/or interpretation of data: HT, RL, BJ, CG, AR, RB, DGB. Drafting of the manuscript: HT, DGB. Approval of version of the manuscript to be published: HT, RL, BJ, CG, AR, RB, DGB.

  • 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.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.