Awake Fiberoptic Intubation

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” - Benjamin Franklin

Like all procedures, success in the performance of an awake fiberoptic intubation comes from proper preparation.  Preparation for this procedure means so much more than proper preparation of the patient (preoxygenation, positioning, local anesthesia, etc.).  To be fully prepared is to have a well practiced, working knowledge of your equipment and the options you have in setting it up.  To be fully prepared is to be practiced in the motor skills necessary to drive the scope, advance the tube and troubleshoot as you go.  To aid in your thorough preparation, Dr. Sean Foster crafted the videos below.  The first video covers how to go about setting up the scope and how to prepare the patient.  The second video covers both an orotracheal and nasotracheal fiberoptic intubation.

Setup and Preparation: 

Orotracheal and Nasotracheal Fiberoptic Intubation: