Backgroud: Traditional endotracheal intubation demands unlimited access to the patient and possibility to stand behind his head. However, in case of difficult conditions in emergency settings we can use an alternative method. Face-to-face intubation can be performed in patients in semi-erect position, prone position and in the situation of difficult access to the head.
Method: After obtaining an approval from the Local Ethics Committee Nr RNN/62/20/KE and written informed consent from the patients, we performed 8 procedures of face-to-face intubations in 8 patients who were scheduled for planned operations, using Kingvision and Airtraq video laryngoscopes chosen in random way.
Results: The intubation time was comparable between devices: 9.25 ±2.217 s vs 8 ±2.3 s (p=0.2322) in Kingvision and Airtraq videolaryngscopes respectively. Both devices appeared to deliver an optimal view of the larynx inlet and enable the operator to intubate with face-to-face method without any complications.
Conclusions: There were no significant difference in effectiveness between Kingvision and Airtraq video laryngoscopes during face-to-face intubation. Utilisation of these devices allowed the anesthetist to stand in front of the patient during endotracheal intubation and ensured an excellent view of larynx entrance. We assume that in case of difficult access to the patient’s head or untypical position, the usage of examined video laryngoscopes, should be considered.