New tool gives Alabama firefighters a better look at intubating patients

  • Source: WKRG-TV CBS 5 Mobile
  • Published: 07/16/2021 12:00 AM

VIDEO: Firefighters in Mobile are getting new equipment that could help save lives. Mobile Fire-Rescue Public Information Officer Steven Millhouse explained the new device. He said, “Video laryngoscope. We use it for intubations in the field which would allow us to keep an airway open.” Millhouse intubated a practice dummy while telling us about the new equipment. It took him about 20 seconds. The camera gives paramedics a better view of vocal cords which they have to see to make sure they’re in the right place. Millhouse said, “We don’t want to go too deep – be in the wrong area right mainstem, or go into the esophagus which would have us pushing air into the stomach.” The device records video. It’s a tool that could potentially help healthcare workers and patients. Millhouse said, “We can attach it to our patient care reports. We can share it with the hospital staff as well.”


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