ISSN 2149-5807 | E-ISSN 2149-6048
Original Article
Impact of Stylet Bend Angle on the Performance of Orotracheal Intubation by Emergency Response Nurses: A Randomized Simulation Study
1 Department of Nursing, Arak University of Medical Sciences, Arak, Iran  
2 Vali-asr Hospital, Arak University of Medical Sciences, Arak, Iran  
3 Department of Anaesthesiology, Arak University of Medical Sciences Arak, Iran  
4 Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Arak University of Medical Sciences, Arak, Iran  
Eurasian J Emerg Med 2018; 17: 45-49
DOI: 10.5152/eajem.2018.78942
Key Words: Emergency response team, direct laryngoscopy, stylet, endotracheal intubation
Abstract

 

Aim: To determine the effect of stylet bend angle on the time to tracheal intubation and the success rate by emergency response nurses in a simulated situation.


Materials and Methods
: A prospective randomized study was conducted. Each participant performed six intubation attempts, three with 30° and three with 60° stylet angles. Each stylet angle was tested totally 105 times. Generalized estimating equations were used to analyze data.


Results
: The overall success rate of simulated tracheal intubations was 94%. The mean time to successful intubation (in seconds) was 10.99±18.80 and 13.04±18.82 for 30° and 60° stylet bend angles, respectively. The 30° stylet bend angle significantly reduced the time to intubation (p<0.01).


Conclusion
: Using the 30° stylet bend angle resulted in faster tracheal intubation by the emergency response nurses in the simulated situation.

 

Cite this article as: Golaghaie F, Momeni R, Jafarimanesh H, Golestanieraghi M, Golitaleb M, Rafiei F. Impact of Stylet Bend Angle on the Performance of Orotracheal Intubation by Emergency Response Nurses: A Randomized Simulation Study. Eurasian J Emerg Med 2018; 17: 45-9.

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