Physicians could encounter difficult intubation during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in trauma patients due to the patient’s movement from continuous chest compression and to cervical stabilisation. Therefore, first, we evaluated the impact of chest compression with or without cervical stabilisation on intubation with a Macintosh laryngoscope. Next, we compared difficulty in intubation among the Macintosh laryngoscope, AirWay Scope (AWS), and gum elastic bougie (GEB) with the Macintosh laryngoscope in three simulated CPR scenarios in a randomised, controlled, cross-over study design.
Continuous chest compression increased difficulty in intubation with the Macintosh laryngoscope, compared with the control scenario. Concurrent application of cervical stabilisation further increased the difficulty, compared with application of chest compression alone. Of the three devices compared, the AWS facilitated the easiest intubation, and the GEB facilitated the second-easiest intubation in all scenarios, though the intubation time was slightly longer with the GEB than with other devices.
CPR employing continuous chest compression with or without cervical stabilisation caused difficult intubation with the Macintosh laryngoscope. The AWS and GEB facilitated the easiest and second-easiest intubation, respectively, even during CPR employing continuous chest compression with or without cervical stabilisation in a manikin.