Some of the hottest products at this year’s Expo fell into the categories of airway, breathing, and circulatory support. EMS World Expo 2011 was the best EMS industry trade-show this year. It introduced a number of exciting new products never seen before anywhere else. Many were very serious new advanced technologies to deliver better patient care. A few were gimmicks or copies of things we already have. Some of the hottest fell into my favorite categories: airway, breathing, and circulatory support.
All the modern video-laryngoscopes were there. LMA North America showed the McGrath Series 5 video-laryngoscope, Verathon showed the industry-leading Glidescope video-laryngoscopes, Ambu had the Pentax AWS, King Systems had the new King Vision video-laryngoscope, Karl Storz was there, and Truphatek had the Truview PCD video-laryngoscope.
One thing became clear at EXPO: video-laryngoscopy is here to stay and ready for prime time. One product that really caught my eye was the bright red version of the new Aircraft Medical McGrath Mac video-laryngoscope.
The McGrath Mac is a second-generation instrument, building on the legacy of the McGrath Series 5. The main internal component that houses the light source and internally reinforced CameraStick is virtually a single curved piece of steel that runs all the way up into and becomes the solid frame of the grip. It looks to me like they built this thing for the street. It’s priced right for the street too, and has a very inexpensive clear disposable “blade” in two sizes. The thing I like best about the McGrath Mac is the broad field of view. Continue