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Design for a three-dimensional printed laryngoscope blade for the intubation of rats

Vongerichten, A; Aristovich, K; dos Santos, GS; McEvoy, AW; Holder, DS; (2014) Design for a three-dimensional printed laryngoscope blade for the intubation of rats. Lab Animal , 43 (4) pp. 140-142. 10.1038/laban.463. Green open access

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Abstract

Endotracheal intubation of rats is a common technique that is best carried out with a laryngoscope blade. The blade allows direct visualization of the trachea during intubation, reducing the risk of accidental intubation of the esophagus. Laryngoscope blades for use in rats are not commercially available, however. Three-dimensional (3D) printers have recently become available and can be used to produce small plastic items simply and reliably based on an established design. The authors created a design for a laryngoscope blade to be printed with a 3D printer and polylactide filament material. Using the printed laryngoscope blade, the authors successfully intubated 35 rats. The presented design may be used by any experimenter with access to a 3D printer to fabricate the same laryngoscope blade for their intubation procedures.

Type: Article
Title: Design for a three-dimensional printed laryngoscope blade for the intubation of rats
Location: United States
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1038/laban.463
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/laban.463
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2014 Nature America, Inc. All rights reserved.
Keywords: Animals, Equipment Design, Female, Intubation, Intratracheal, Laryngoscopes, Printing, Three-Dimensional, Rats, Rats, Sprague-Dawley
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Med Phys and Biomedical Eng
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1426213
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