INTRODUCTION: Endotracheal intubation is an important step in maintaining the open status of the airway and in controlling breathing. Every doctor should have the ability to manage the airway; and this skill should be taught to doctors in their medical training. In the present study, the effect of the training on medical students with video laryngoscope and direct laryngoscope on endotracheal intubation success was examined.
METHODS: A total of 66 students who had no previous endotracheal intubation experience and who received anesthesiology internship were included in the study. The students were randomly divided into 2 groups. The intubation with video laryngoscope was applied after intubation with direct laryngoscope in Group D, and the intubation with direct laryngoscope was applied after intubation with video laryngoscope in Group V. The intubation times and success rates were recorded in all attempts.
RESULTS: The time between the first and second attempts of students who used video laryngoscope in the first attempt and direct laryngoscope in the second attempt decreased significantly (p<0.001). The first attempt times between the direct laryngoscope and video laryngoscope groups were very close to each other.
DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION: Our study showed that training medical students using the McGrath® MAC video laryngoscope yields better results than using direct laryngoscopy.