Tracheal intubation requires placing a tube into the windpipe through the nose or mouth. This procedure is frequently performed in critically injured, ill, or anesthetized patients to facilitate lung ventilation and prevent asphyxiation or airway obstruction. The vast majority of tracheal intubations involve optical instruments, such as a video laryngoscope, to improve airway and vocal cord visualization. Conventional video laryngoscopes, unfortunately, fail to provide sufficient information to guide intubation.
The Augmented Videolaryngscopy System integrates with traditional video laryngoscopes, adding sensors, a microprocessor, and network connectivity. The new video laryngoscopy system provides improved visualization, audio and voice control features, onscreen display of auxiliary information, image information extraction for display, analysis, and processing. It also facilitates information-based treatment. This can be applied to perioperative anesthesia, critical care, emergency medicine, and battlefield trauma situations.