New Disposable LED Laryngoscope

We are going to soon get a very impressive new disposable laryngoscope.  It’s called TruLite, manufactured by Truphatek® in Israel.  Truphatek® has long been the manufacturer of most Rusch® brand laryngoscopes. They have made some of the finest EMS airway products of the last 20 years.  The Rusch Lite™ Blades, Rusch GreenLite™, FOCS™  Snap-Light™ Blades, and even the Viewmax blades now followed by the Rusch Truview ™ EVO, are all Truphatek® products.

I got a first look at the TruLite™ novel system back at last November EMS Expo.  It will be the first product to carry the Truphatek® brand name in the USA, and AllMed will be it’s first EMS Distributor.

TruLite™ is a very different approach to laryngoscopy.  Each stainless steel blade is permanently attached to it’s own handle.  At first this sort of threw me, but I believe it could solve some tough problems. What happens if your laryngoscope handle or blade doesn’t work? Well, then it could be valuable to have a totally independent back-up system.

 

And then there is also the astonishing performance of the system.  This is the brightest light of any scope I’ve ever seen. The LED illumination is simply stunning. It gives a very slight bluish white color that is within the spectrum now recognized as ideal for enhancing the viewing of tissues and for providing best conditions for intubation. The beautifully finished steel blade has a real forged lip, it’s not just a stamped out blade. The compact lightweight handle holds two AA batteries. The whole thing is surprisingly small and light, weighs just 120gram(0.27lb) inclusive of the two AA batteries. I can see some unique applications and advantages.

 

It is the perfect system for a Tactical Medic or Military Medic. Put a TruLite™ and a Swiftgrip™ in a thigh pocket holster and you are good to go. Frankly, with a Miller #2 and Mac #4, what else do I really need? Maybe I could just leave the big tube kit in the truck, since this combination in my first-in bag would give me both range and redundancy. It might also be a real hit with training institutions. Each student could get intimately familiar with his or her own training scope. For any duty where space and weight issues rule it would have real advantages, such as for Wilderness and Mountain Rescue Teams and Urban Search & Rescue.

 

The first three sizes will be the Mac #2, #3, and #4 and each size has a color-coded sleeve. We expect the Miller #1, #2, and #3 by late Spring. These curved blades are E-Macs, not American Macs. They are flatter with a lower profile, and greatly reduced flange. They are far more versatile than the Mac you know. Basically, you insert them into the posterior pharynx to use it just like a straight blade or if you are an OR trained Mac guy, just follow the tongue and you will wind up in the valecula. Either way, this one blade can do it all. I’m going to be showing them for the first time at EMS Today next week.

 

 The reality is most clinicians use only one or two blade size/styles on >90% of their intubations. Why carry around a whole lot more?

 

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About Dan White

I'm a retired Paramedic and EMS Instructor with 35 years EMS and emergency medical product experience. I love canoes, cars and EMS. I write about EMS Technology on the Paramedic Blog, the Insights on Innovation column for EMS1.com, on AmbulanceWorld.com and Multibriefs.com. I work for Intersurgical, Inc. managing EMS sales and distribution. I can be reached directly at 573-240-0002. Follow me @Paradan on Twitter
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