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We sought to establish the clinical utility of the Pentax-AWS Airway Scope® (AWS) when used by paramedics to intubate the trachea, and to evaluate whether their performance was influenced by previous clinical experience with the Macintosh laryngoscope (ML). Twenty paramedics attempted tracheal intubation using the AWS in five patients each in the operating(More)
BACKGROUND The Airway Scope (AWS) (Pentax-AWS, Hoya Corp., Tokyo, Japan) and the Airtraq (ATQ) (Prodol, Vizcaya, Spain) have similarities in the novel structures of their blades. In this study, we evaluated the ease of use of the AWS and ATQ compared with the Macintosh laryngoscope (ML) by inexperienced personnel in a simulated manikin difficult airway. (More)
BACKGROUND Five years have passed since out-of-hospital tracheal intubation training for advanced level ambulance crews (emergency life saving technicians: ELSTs) was started in Japan. Herein, we reviewed results of the initial training and reeducation program. METHODS Using a questionnaire sent by post, we surveyed out-of-hospital tracheal intubations(More)
The Airway Scope (AWS-S100, Pentax, Tokyo, Japan) is a new video-laryngoscope, which has a specially designed blade and a portable, battery-powered, 2.4-inch built-in liquid crystal device (LCD) full-color video screen at the top of the handle. In this study, we tested the usefulness of the AWS for tracheal intubation in acute, urgent situations. Patients(More)
BACKGROUND No previous study has investigated the safety of hand position during chest compression determined by the inter-nipple line, in which the heel of one hand is positioned on the centre of the chest between the nipples, from the standpoint of prevention of organ injury. METHODS We measured the distance from the xiphisternal junction to the(More)
A 39-year-old woman, undergoing debridement and flap reconstruction for a soft tissue infection in an upper limb, developed transfusion-related acute lung injury (TRALI) and hypoxemia after an intraoperative transfusion. Perioperatively, she received 8 units of packed red blood cells (RBCs) and 5 units of fresh frozen plasma. Shortly thereafter, hemoglobin(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVE To investigate whether a maneuver for repeated cycles of collapse and reexpansion of the operative lung, termed "intermittent reinflation" (IR), to counter hypoxemia during one-lung ventilation (OLV), results in a time-dependent alteration of extravascular lung water. DESIGN Prospective, randomized clinical study. SETTING Operating room(More)
Hunter syndrome, manifested by mucopolysaccharidosis II (MPS II), is a hereditary disorder caused by accumulation of glycosaminoglycans. An important issue in regard to anesthesia in affected individuals is airway management, because of gargoylism. An 8-year-old boy with MPS II was scheduled for adenotonsillectomy. We performed slow induction with(More)
Liver transplantation with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy is associated with acute hemodynamic changes, which can exacerbate left ventricular outflow tract obstruction during surgery. Therefore, selection of general anesthetic agents is important, as most can result in hemodynamic instability by reducing systemic vascular resistance and blood(More)