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    Simulation COVID-19 Intubation Checklist
    • Ahed Ahed Zeidan, Anaesthesia Consultant Department of Anaesthesiology, King Fahad Specialist Hospital, Dammam, Saudi Arabia.
    • Other Contributors:
      • Mohiidin Ali, Anaesthesia Consultant

    We read with interest the report by Ahmed et al1. "Anaesthesia simulation training during coronavirus pandemic: an experience to share". The authors developed A metric-based checklist steps of induction of GA, tracheal intubation, intraoperative management, tracheal extubation and patient recovery in the context of treating patient with covid-19. A supplemental video was used as learning method for the involved health workers. Although the investigators initiate that their clinicians improved their performance during simulation training, they could not consistently addressing all concerns. 1) it is not clear at what flow rate O2/min that preoxygenation should be delivered. Defining such flow is crucial to minimize viral transmission2. 2) the preparation/management between two cases of COVID19, ( e.g soda-lime canister changes; the necessary time pause between cases…),was not notified in their training sessions. Adding such guidance to the checklist would ensure more supplementary protective measures.
    On the other hand, the video showed nicely all training steps, including the using of the glidescope as videolarungoscope (GVL) tool for endotrachel intubation. It is well known that due to the curvature of the GVL blade, a stylet must be used to position the endotrachel tube (ETT) tip at the glottic opening especially in suspected difficult airway3,4. The using of stylet facilitate a quick-pass first-attempt tracheal instrumentation5 .However, in the record...

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