Turkish Journal of Anaesthesiology & Reanimation

Comparison of C-MAC and McGrathMAC Videolaryngoscopes for Intubation in Patients with Normal Airway by Donned Anaesthesiologists Using an Intubation Box During COVID-19 Pandemic: A Prospective, Randomized Study


Department of Onco-Anaesthesia and Palliative Medicine, Dr BRAIRCH, AIIMS, New Delhi, India


Department of Onco-Anaesthesia and Palliative Medicine, NCI, AIIMS, New Delhi, India


Department of Anaesthesia, Pain Medicine and Critical Care, AIIMS, New Delhi, India

Turk J Anaesthesiol Reanim 2022; 50: 255-260
DOI: 10.5152/TJAR.2021.21251
Read: 571 Downloads: 176 Published: 01 August 2022

Objective: Intubation is a highly aerosol-generating procedure. Recent airway management guidelines advocate the use of appropriate personal protective equipment, videolaryngoscope, and “intubation box” while intubating a suspected or infected coronavirus patient. We undertook a study to compare C-MAC videolaryngoscope with McGrath videolaryngoscope for tracheal intubation using an intubation box by donned anaesthesiologists.

Methods: The patients were randomly allocated to 2 groups by computer-generated random numbers, depending upon the videolaryngoscope used. In group C, C-MAC videolaryngoscope (n=30) was used, whereas McGrath videolaryngoscope was used in group M (n=30). The primary outcome was the total time required for successful intubation. The secondary outcomes included the number of attempts required, Cormack and Lehane grade, the percentage of glottis opening score, the difficulty faced while using the device, and the user’s preference.

Results: The time to intubation was 57.17 ± 19.98 seconds with C-MAC videolaryngoscope as compared to 57.93 ± 14.92 seconds with McGrath. Both the devices had a good percentage of glottis opening score. Twelve patients in each group were found to have a Cormack and Lehane grade of 1. The time to glottis visualization was more with McGrath than with C-MAC although not significant (23.8 ± 14.03 vs 20.10 ± 10.78 seconds). Both the devices were easy to use.

Conclusions: Both C-MAC and McGrath videolaryngoscopes are equally effective devices for intubation by a donned anaesthesiologist using an intubation box. McGrath with a disposable blade should be preferred for intubation in these conditions.

Cite this article as: Gupta N, Sarma R, Vig S, et al. Comparison of C-MAC and McGrath-MAC videolaryngoscopes for intubation in patients with normal airway by donned anaesthesiologists using an intubation box during COVID-19 pandemic: A prospective, randomized study. Turk J Anaesthesiol Reanim. 2022;50(4):255-260.

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