Alternative management techniques for the difficult airway: optical stylets

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Purpose of reviewWe present the newest devices being promoted for difficult-airway management. Our focus is on optical stylets which offer a forward view from the stylet end positioned within the tip of the endotracheal tube.Recent findingsReports suggest that these devices are mastered quickly and offer effective airway management aid. Available in adult and pediatric sizes they are economically priced at approximately US$3000.SummaryGenerally favorable experience with use of optical stylets continues to be reported. Our survey of clinicians' opinions reflects our own experience; these devices are unique and are attractive adjuncts to standard- and difficult-airway carts.

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