A national survey of videolaryngoscopes and alternative intubation devices in Hungary

Autoři: Bálint Nagy aff001;  Szilárd Rendeki aff001
Působiště autorů: Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Therapy, Medical School, University of Pécs, Pécs, Hungary aff001;  Department of Operational Medicine, Medical School, University of Pécs, Pécs, Hungary aff002;  Medical Skills Lab, Medical School, University of Pécs, Pécs, Hungary aff003
Vyšlo v časopise: PLoS ONE 14(10)
Kategorie: Research Article
doi: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0223645



Videolaryngoscopy (VL) as a new airway management technique has evolved in recent decades, and a large number of videolaryngoscopes are now available on the market. Most recent major guidelines already recommend the immediate availability and use of VL in difficult airway management scenarios. However, national data on the availability of VL, introduction into practice and patterns of use are rarely published. Therefore, the current study aimed to provide data on VL in Hungary.

Materials and methods

An electronic survey was designed and popularized with the help of the Hungarian Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Therapy to explore the availability, use, and practice of and attitudes toward VL among Hungarian anesthesiologists. The survey was conducted between 01.01.2018 and 31.12.2018.


In total, 324 duly completed forms were returned and analyzed. Responders were mainly males (58%), specialists (80%) and those involved mainly in anesthesia practice (68%) in the public sector. Two hundred and ten (65%) responders had access to various videolaryngoscopes and were mainly from surgery, intensive care and traumatology units. No responders reported the availability of eight videolaryngoscopes out of the eighteen listed devices, and 32% of the responders had never used any videolaryngoscope in clinical settings. The most commonly available devices were KingVision, MacGrath Mac and Airtraq. Most of the responders reported using videolaryngoscopes mainly for difficult airway management and reported using a fiberscope as the first alternative device. Popular methods for selecting videolaryngoscopes included the following: short clinical trial (n = 67/324), decision of the departmental lead (n = 65/324) and price (n = 54/324). The majority of responders had some training prior to clinical application, but training was mainly voluntary. Overall, 98% of the responders considered videolaryngoscopes beneficial.


Approximately two-thirds of Hungarian anesthesiologists have immediate access to videolaryngoscopes, which are used mainly for difficult airway management. The overall attitude towards VL is positive, and many videolaryngoscopes are known and have been used by Hungarian anesthesiologists. However, only a few devices on the market are used commonly. Based on the results, further improvement might be recommended regarding VL training and availability.

Klíčová slova:

Anesthesia – Anesthesiology – Hungary – Intensive care units – Intubation – Medical devices and equipment – Ophthalmology – Trauma surgery


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