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There are a number of potential benefits of video laryngoscopy compared to direct laryngoscopy for facilitating oral tracheal intubation, depending on the circumstances of use and the training and experience of the operator. Many of these benefits are supported by clinical evidence. On this basis, a number of hospitals are considering a move to more routine use of video laryngoscopy.

Questions are now being asked as to whether video laryngoscopy should be considered ‘a standard of care’. For many, COVID-19 has further highlighted the benefits of VL, providing further support for the more widespread adoption of video laryngoscopy as the default device for intubation, sometimes referred to as ‘Universal Video Laryngoscopy’ (UVL).

For those hospitals and organisations now considering a move towards UVL, there are a number of practical, clinical, training and financial challenges to overcome before such a move can be implemented successfully.

We consider the more routine use of video laryngoscopy, the advantages of a single use video laryngoscope, particularly where there are infection control concerns to consider, and confirm how the i-view™ can make a contribution to the implementation of Universal Video Laryngoscopy for those hospitals considering such a move.

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