Difficult Airway Management

The Emergency Room is home to some of the most difficult to manage airways in the hospital. However, equipment is often very different to that in the OR or ICU (NAP4). The single-use Ambu® aScope™ 3 and aScope™ 3 Slim videoscopes are ideal solutions for the most traumatic airways as they are ready to use whenever and wherever you need them.

 Awake intubation with aScope 3

Nasal intubation using aScope 3 with the ET tube fixated on the ET tube connector

Limited access to flexible scopes is a challenge

Insufficient availability of equipment for management of the difficult airway in the OR, ER and ICU was considered among the major causative factors contributing to poor patient outcomes in the NAP4 survey1.

Today, limited access to train flexible optical intubation is an overall challenge due to lack of equipment and fear of damaging expensive scopes1.

All anaesthetic departments should provide a service where the skills and equipment are available to deliver awake fibreoptic intubation when it is indicated1.

Immediate accessibility and simplified procedures

In the ER, access to a flexible optical scope for difficult intubation and training purposes is sometimes limited. The single-use concept of aScope 3 and aScope 3 Slim facilitates immediate accessibility and enables flexible optical intubation at all times, thus increasing patient safety. The single-use and ready to go concept simplifies flexible intubation procedures and improves outcomes, and patient safety2.

You can learn more about the use of aScope 3 for intubation procedures in Clinical documentation.



Use Ambu® aScope™ 3 in the ER

  • Accessibility and increased patient safety
    The single-use concept of aScope 3 and aScope 3 Slim enables flexible optical intubation at all times, thus increasing patient safety.
  • Mobility
    Consisting of a portable monitor and a flexible intubation scope, the plug-and-play aScope 3 system is easy to relocate and set up.
  • Low capital investment, no cleaning and no repair
    aScope 3 and aScope 3 Slim offer a cost-effective solution for departments and clinics of all sizes.
  • Easy access to training of flexible optical intubation skills
    aScope 3 facilitates practice in flexible optical intubation skills, thereby enhancing patient outcomes.

Ambu® aScope™ 3

aScope 3 has a channel width of 2.2 mm and is suited for ET tubes size 6 and greater as well as DLT size 41.

View aScope 3

Ambu® aScope™ 3 Slim

aScope 3 Slim has a channel width of 1,2mm and is suited for ET tubes size 5 and greater and DLT size 37 and greater.

View aScope 3 Slim

Ambu® aView™

High resolution images enable easy navigation and fast identification of anatomical landmarks. Save videos or images for later reference.

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1.Cook T et al, NAP4 – 4th National Audit Project of the Royal College of Anaesthetists and The Difficult Airway Society, Major complications of airway management in the United Kingdom, Report and findings, March 2011