Market Analysis of Video Laryngoscopy Equipment for the Role 1 Setting

Robert G. Fuller, Marika A. Rossetto, Matthew W. Paulson, Michael D. April, Adit A. Ginde, Vikhyat S. Bebarta, Brig Gen Kathleen M. Flarity, Sean Keenan, Steven G. Schauer

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Introduction: Airway compromise is the second leading cause of potentially preventable prehospital combat death. Endotracheal intubation (ETI) remains the most common role 1 airway intervention. Video laryngoscopy (VL) is superior to direct laryngoscopy (DL) for first-attempt intubation, especially in less-experienced providers and for trauma patients. The cost has been a major challenge in pushing VL technology far-forward; however, the cost of equipment continues to become more affordable. We conducted a market analysis of VL devices under $10,000 for possible options for role 1. Materials and Methods: We searched Google, PubMed, and the Food and Drug Administration database from August 2022 to January 2023 with a combination of several keywords to identify current VL market options under $10,000. After identifying relevant manufacturers, we then reviewed individual manufacturer or distributor websites for pricing data and system specifications. We noted several characteristics regarding VL device design for comparison. These include monitor features, size, modularity, system durability, battery life, and reusability. When necessary, we requested formal price quotes from respective companies. Results: We identified 17 VL options under $10,000 available for purchase, 14 of which were priced below $5,000 for individual units. Infium (n = 3) and Vimed Medical (n = 4) provided the largest number of unique models. VL options under $10,000 exist in both reusable and disposable modalities. These modalities included separate monitors as well as monitors attached to the VL handle. Disposable options, on a per-unit basis, cost less than reusable options. Conclusions: Several VL options exist within our goal price point in both reusable and disposable options. Clinical studies assessing the technology performance of ETI and deliberate downselection are needed to identify the most cost-effective solution for role 1 dispersion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E3482-E3487
JournalMilitary medicine
Issue number11-12
StatePublished - Nov 1 2023
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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