Video Laryngoscopes provide a boost to patient care

This year, we have supported the Theatre team working with Dr Ben Weatherall to replace the old Laryngoscopes with 20 state-of-the-art new ones to be used in our Theatres, Obstetrics, ITU and A&E departments. The new scopes have positively changed procedures, making them safer for patients and staff.

Dr Ben Wetherell said: "The introduction of the McGrath video laryngoscope has helped improve patient safety and training for staff.

It is fantastic that Bradford Hospitals Charity was able to support a project that affected so many patients in the hospital including both elective and emergency adult and paediatric surgical patients, obstetrics and those critically unwell in intensive care."
Ben added that there were many benefits - both for patients and for clinicians - when using the laryngoscopes. The main benefit to be had by our patients is going to be in terms of safety that the use of video laryngoscopes offers. Using these laryngoscopes improve the first attempt success at intubation; the number of failed intubations is reduced. The use of video laryngoscopes has also been used much more routinely particularly with COVID as they not only allow the best chance of successful first attempt intubation, but they can also minimise aerosol generation and droplet transmission which benefits staff working in areas where video laryngoscopes are used.

Pictured: Ben with colleagues from the Theatres, Planned Care and Nucleus Theatres team.