BOTHELL, Wash., April 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The GlideScope® video laryngoscope, invented by Canadian vascular surgeon Dr. Jack Pacey and manufactured in Vancouver, B.C., is celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2011. A celebration will be held on April 21st at the company's new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Burnaby, B.C.
Since its introduction, the GlideScope brand has forged the path for an entirely new category of airway devices; the video laryngoscope (VL) class. A widely used "go to" device for Anesthesiology, Critical Care, Emergency, EMS and Military health care providers, the GlideScope provides a consistently clear view of the airway, enabling quick intubation.
Unlike a direct laryngoscope (DL) which may not always provide a clear airway view, resulting in a "blind" procedure, the GlideScope consistently provides a clear picture of the larynx and vocal cords on the display monitor, offering visual control of the endotracheal tube (ETT) in its trajectory toward the airway. With an integrated camera and anti-fogging mechanism providing an excellent viewing range, and "blades" in multiple patient sizes, in both reusable and single-use forms, the GlideScope facilitates fast, accurate ETT placement.
"We're extremely gratified that the GlideScope has helped save lives over the past ten years," stated Dr. Jack Pacey, President of Verathon Medical Canada and inventor of the device. "And we're very proud that our Canada employees and operations have been at the center of this major innovation in airway management worldwide."
Traditional direct laryngoscopes have been widely used since WWII. However, they frequently require "line of sight" maneuvers which can induce neck flexion, head extension, laryngeal depression and other stress related movem