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VOLUME 28 , ISSUE 7 ( July, 2024 ) > List of Articles

CLINICAL TECHNIQUE

An Indigenous Suction-assisted Laryngoscopy and Airway Decontamination Simulation System

Rajender Kumar, Rakesh Kumar

Keywords : Airway, Simulator, Suctioning, Suction-assisted laryngoscopy and airway decontamination

Citation Information : Kumar R, Kumar R. An Indigenous Suction-assisted Laryngoscopy and Airway Decontamination Simulation System. Indian J Crit Care Med 2024; 28 (7):702-705.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10071-24760

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 29-06-2024

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2024; The Author(s).


Abstract

Background: Suction-assisted laryngoscopy and airway decontamination (SALAD) is a new modality and training manikins are quite costly. Few modifications have been described with their pluses and minuses. We describe a low-cost simulator that replicates fluid contamination of the airway at various flow rates and allows the practice of SALAD in vitro. Materials and methods: We modified a standard Laerdal airway management trainer with locally available equipment to simulate varying rates of continuous vomiting or hemorrhage into the airway during intubation. The effectiveness of our SALAD simulator was tested during an advanced airway workshop of the Airway Management Foundation (AMF). The workshop had a brief common presentation on the learning objective of the SALAD technique followed by a demonstration to small groups of 5–6 participants at one time with necessary instructions. This was followed by a hands-on practical learning session on the simulator. Results: One hundred and five learners used the simulator including 15 faculties and 90 participants (48 on ICU and 42 on ENT workstations). At the end of the session, the workshop faculty and participants were asked to rate their level of confidence in managing similar situations in real practice on a four-point Likert scale. All 15 faculty members and 70 out of 90 participants felt very confident in managing similar situations in real practice. Fifteen participants felt fairly confident and 5 felt slightly confident. Conclusion: In resource-limited settings, our low-cost SALAD simulator is a good educational tool for training airway managers in the skills of managing continuously and rapidly soiling airways.


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