The Barnesville Hospital Auxiliary purchased two video laryngoscopes one for surgery and one for the Emergency Department. One of the most challenging tasks for anesthesia care providers and Emergency Department physicians can be the management of the difficult airway. This is a serious problem in the Surgical Department, but also a grave problem in the Emergency Department where the anesthesiologist or physicians have not had an opportunity to screen patients but may need to perform life saving emergency tracheal intubations.

"The equipment purchased by the Auxiliary has the potential to save lives," said Lyn Gallagher, RN, Operating Room Manager. "Many individuals have unusual airways, such as those who have limited movement of their neck or jaw, or those who have swelling due to injury or to allergy. The video Laryngoscope can guide the physician and be a life saver. We are grateful for the support of our Auxiliary. "

The purchase of two video laryngoscopes will improve the ability of staff at Barnesville Hospital to safely secure airways. The built-in camera lets physicians explore beyond obstacles in the airway unlike traditional laryngoscopes that require direct line of sight. The video laryngoscope will improve patient safety and optimize patient outcomes at Barnesville Hospital.

"The Auxiliary holds fundraisers throughout the year to support the Hospital," said Ruth Murphy, Auxiliary Co-President. "We are glad to be able to purchase equipment which will make a difference for our patients."