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Portable Video Intubation Stylet

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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ETD Poster Session

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9.995.1 - 9.995.7



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Janak Dave

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Jamiel Trimble

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Thomas Boronkay

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Session #3649

Portable Video Intubation Stylet

Thomas G. Boronkay, Janak Dave, Jamiel Trimble

University of Cincinnati

Students working toward the Baccalaureate degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology at the University of Cincinnati are required to complete a “Design, Build & Test” Capstone design project. Some of these projects are geared to meet the needs of the local community.

Intubation is a procedure by which an endotracheal tube is inserted into the trachea of a patient who requires assistance in breathing. It is a blind procedure that relies on imperfect, indirect methods for proper tube placement. This can be difficult and dangerous if the endotracheal tube is inserted in the esophagus. This procedure is typically performed by EMTs (Emergency Medical Technicians) while responding to emergency situations.

This paper describes a new intubation device, designed, developed and built as a capstone design project, which will improve the success rate of the intubation procedure.


The need for intubation often arises from cardiac and/or pulmonary arrest. The intubation process is often difficult, and potentially dangerous to the patient. The success rate of intubation ranges from between 25% to 37% (1). In addition, accidental placement of the ET tube in the esophagus, called Esophageal Intubation, can lead to death, due to the lack of oxygen. K.Posner, R. Ward and F. Cheney (2), report Clinical Outcomes of Esophageal Intubations as follows:

81% died. 17% permanent brain damage. 1 % other permanent injury. 1 % Temporary injury. 0% No injury.

Properly negotiating the anatomy of the airway to place the endotracheal tube in the trachea requires that the intubator (EMTs) visualizes the endotracheal tube passing through the vocal

Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2004, American Society for Engineering Education

Dave, J., & Trimble, J., & Boronkay, T. (2004, June), Portable Video Intubation Stylet Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--14104

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