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Verathon Inc. Introduces GlideScope(R) Ranger Single Use Video Laryngoscope for Emergency Departments, EMS and Military; Enables Fast Intubations and Eliminates Time-Consuming Disinfection
Date:9/27/2007

ntubation carries a higher risk of improper tube placement when performed in an out-of-hospital setting. Clinical studies report that in emergency out-of-hospital intubations, up to 25% of endotracheal tubes (ETT) are misplaced, with 66% of misplaced tubes being inserted into the esophagus.(ii) Out-of-hospital intubations also carry a greater risk of complications. In a study of patients with severe head injuries undergoing endotracheal intubation, the odds of death were approximately 4 times greater for patients intubated outside the hospital.(iii) With this data in mind, Verathon designed the Ranger specifically to assist in challenging pre-hospital endotracheal intubation.

The Ranger provides a clear picture of the larynx and vocal cords on a display monitor, enabling visual control of the endotracheal tube in its trajectory toward the airway. Like other GlideScope(R) instruments, the Ranger does not require "line of sight" for view and takes less force than traditional methods, helping eliminate trauma to patients.(iv) It facilitates fast, accurate ETT placement in difficult and routine airways, and helps prevent improper ETT placement and related complications in emergency, out-of-hospital situations.

The GlideScope(R) Ranger, operational in seconds, is compact for easy carrying and storage, measuring only 7 1/4 x 6 3/8 inches and weighing less than two pounds. With its rugged, high-impact construction, the Ranger was designed to be dependable in an array of field conditions, including temperatures of -4 degrees to +122 degrees F, humidity up to 100 percent, and altitude up to 20,000 feet. The integrated, rechargeable lithium polymer battery provides a minimum 90-minute continuous-use autonomy and allows for approximately 20 intubations per battery cycle (depending on usage).

GlideRite(TM) tracheal tubes and a 90 degree rigid stylet, both used to facilitate intubation, are also provided. The importance of the GlideScope(R) rigid stylet cannot
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