The new McGrath MAC EMS will be at EMS Today in Washington D.C. March 7th. It is an EMS optimized video-laryngoscope. It is visually distinguished by its Red color and supported by a team of EMS professionals.
Several of the leading EMS product companies will be distributing McGrath MAC EMS. That will offer EMS providers a national network of on site support and training.
There are several things I really like about this device. I have had to compete with it for sometime and learned some lessons. First, this device is very easy to use. It feels just like any other high-end laryngoscope. There are no difficult new skills to learn.
It offers a solution for both direct-laryngoscopy and video-laryngoscopy. It features low-cost disposable blades in 3 sizes, which have a very narrow profile. That results in having room for a traditional direct (DL) view. If you don’t get a good DL view, you just move your eyes to the screen.
Second, it is easy to keep clean. The whole thing is waterproof and you can immerse it in high level disinfectant. The blades pop-off with a clever top mounted latch.
Third, it fits in existing intubation kits. I’m fond of saying an airway solution in the truck is no solution. This one fits anywhere.
It is very rugged and has passed drop-tests at twice industry standards. The inside and Camera Stick are encased in a solid piece of steel. It is one of the few VL’s built “street-tough”.
The disposable batteries last for an incredible 250 minutes of intubation time. That’s a year for most squads. The remaining battery life is displayed onscreen in minutes.
It is as good as a Storz or Glidescope but easier to use and much less expensive to buy. More here.