BACKGROUND: Airway obstruction is the second leading cause of preventable death on the battlefield. Video laryngoscopy has improved airway management in the emergency setting for several decades, and technology continues to improve. Current technology in the supply chain is cost-prohibitive to incorporate at Role 1 facilities, which is where many intubations occur by novice intubators. The i-view is a novel video laryngoscopy device that is handheld, inexpensive, and disposable. The aim of this study was to determine if the i-view is suitable based on performance assessments by physician assistant trainees and survey feedback. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We prospectively enrolled physician assistant students at the Interservice Physician Assistant Program at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston. We provided them structured training on how to use the device, and then, a board-certified emergency medicine physician or certified registered nurse anesthetist assessed their intubations performed on a SynDaver mannequin model. We surveyed the participants afterward. RESULTS: We enrolled 60 Interservice Physician Assistant Program students. Most participants were male (75%) with a median age of 32 years. Service affiliations included Army (50%), Navy (23%), Air Force (18%), and Coast Guard (8%). Most (70%) had previous deployment experience. All the participants successfully cannulated the mannequins and 98% achieved first-attempt success. Most participants (78%) reported a grade 1 view. On postprocedure survey, 91% strongly agreed with using this device in the deployed setting and 89% strongly agreed with finding it easy to use. CONCLUSIONS: All physician assistant trainees successfully and rapidly performed endotracheal intubation using the disposable i-view video laryngoscope. Study participants rated the device as easy to use and desirable for deployment. Further research is necessary to validate this novel device in the clinical setting before recommending dissemination to the deployed military medical force sets, kits, and outfits.
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- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health