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by Richard M. Levitan

The Airway Cam Guide to intubation and Practical Emergency Airway Management provides a practical approach to first pass intubation success. Techniques, airway anatomy, and case examples are illustrated using more than 450 full color photographs, including step-by-step laryngoscopy images from Dr. Levitan's patented Airway Cam. This head-mounted camera aligns with the dominant pupil and permits imaging of laryngoscopy from the operator's perspective. Airway Cam videotapes are used in more than 2,500 hospitals and EMS systems in 25 states.

Explains the importance of finding the epiglottis first and recognizing laryngeal landmarks, especially the posterior cartilages and interarytenoid notch.

Provides an overall laryngoscopy strategy with fast and effective maneuvers for improving laryngeal viewexternal laryngeal manipulation, head-elevated laryngoscopy positioning, and straight-to-cuff stylet shaping.

Offers clear guidelines on when to avoid RSI and use awake approaches.

Covers special clinical challenges, and the selection of laryngoscopy equipment and alternative devices.

Includes nasal intubation, surgical approaches, pediatric laryngoscopy, and creating practical emergency airway kits.

Download The Airway Cam Guide to Intubation and Practical Emergency Airway Management epub
ISBN: 1929018126
ISBN13: 978-1929018123
Category: Other
Subcategory: Medicine & Health Sciences
Author: Richard M. Levitan
Language: English
Publisher: Airway Cam Technologies, Inc.; 1 edition (October 2004)
Pages: 324 pages
ePUB size: 1871 kb
FB2 size: 1350 kb
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 228
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Having first read Ron Walls "Manual of Emergency Airway Management," which I considered the benchmark against which airway management books were judged, I was stunned by the differences. Levitan's book is appropriately entitled "Practical Emergency Airway Management" precisely because it is rooted more firmly in reality and practice than theory. It reads less like stereo instructions and more like a well-constructed argument for his perspective on airway management.

Rich with color photographs, and beautifully printed, it's as close to a coffee-table intubation book as they come. The major utility of this text is its reliance on case-based vignettes that describe the step by step process for management of airway hell -- from self-inflicted GSW to traumatic disruptions of the airway. As a novice at airway management, I found his suggestions for increasing intubation successes to be vastly helpful in the way I work.

My major criticism of other airway management books is their narrow audience of emergency physicans. Levitan's text is applicable for anyone who will encounter a failing airway in any setting: RTs, paramedics, PAs, as well as physicans in the emergency setting.

The exceptional photographs, clear and cogent writing style, and applicability of the text has made this the standard of airway management books as I see it.
Dr. Levitan probably understands the procedure of endotracheal intubation better than any emergency provider in the world. At first I thought it was a bit gimmicky that he constructed a special camera that fit over his head to capture images of laryngoscopy from his exact perspective, called the “Airway Cam.” When reading his book, however, it suddenly made perfect sense and the pictures he captures are invaluable in understanding exactly what you’re gonna see when the blade goes is. Some views are small and it’s difficult to identify the anatomy, but that’s what happens when you attempt laryngoscopy! We’re not (usually) using bronchoscopes to intubate, so we shouldn’t be relying solely on pristine images from them to learn the anatomy we’ll encounter.

There’s also a pocket version available which is considerably shorter but contains much of the vital information and is still very useful. If you can’t shell out $30 for a used copy of the full version the pocket guide is well worth the few bucks it’ll cost to buy used. Still, if you have the means, I cannot suggest the full version here enough. Providers simply shouldn't be allowed to intubate until they have read this book cover-to-cover.
This book should be read by those individuals who are responsible for intubations. It is especially useful and beneficial to read this after one has been performing intubations for a few months. Dr. Levitan goes over RSI's pros & cons, as well as airway assessments for those in emergent situations. This is in contrast to most of the current literature out there which focuses on elective surgical procedures and thus intubations in non-emergent settings. Again, if you perform intubations in emergency settings, this book can only help you think of things a little differently and make you better. Then try to get the DVD of Dr. Levitan's intubations. I have not seen it, but I've heard it is an extremely beneficial tool.
Ryan Dale
Straightforward instructions and descriptions of procedures with excellent accompanying photographs of cord visualization and how to maximize. Cool sections that cover procedures like cricothyrotomy using a Melker kit, retrograde intubation, direct tracheal intubation w/trauma, using a glidescope... Great to have it all in the same book.