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Iredell Health System Volunteers Donate Advanced Airway Management System to Anesthesia Department

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Iredell Health System Volunteers recently donated a Glidescope® Go™ system to the Health System’s Anesthesia Department.

The handheld intubation device involves the placement of an airway or breathing tube for a patient who is unable to breathe sufficiently on their own. Its video capability optimizes the view and chance of successful intubation.

“The Glidescope® is one of the best intubation devices on the market,” said Toni Fortner, Iredell Health System’s director of nurse anesthesia services.

For years, the Iredell Anesthesia Department has utilized the Glidescope® system on a traditional stand. Having the transportable Go™ model will allow Iredell Memorial Hospital’s Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) to easily carry the device to different areas of the hospital during the night.

Iredell Memorial’s CRNAs stay in-house 24 hours a day for medical emergencies. During an emergency, they will be able to take the Glidescope® Go™ with them. Having the device readily available will enable the nurse anesthetists to perform life-saving measures more quickly.

“We are so very thankful the volunteers chose this as one of their projects,” Fortner said. “It will definitely benefit the patients of Iredell.”

Pictured, left to right: Brian Sutton, Volunteer Auxiliary President, and Toni Fortner, Director of Nurse Anesthesia Services.