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Aircraft Medical Launches McGrath® X Blade™ for Extreme Airways

5/31/2013 11:35:45 AM

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Barcelona, May 31, 2013 - Aircraft Medical launches the McGrath® X blade™ at Euroanaesthesia - Europe’s largest annual meeting of anesthesiologists.

Designed for extremely challenging airways, the X blade™ extends the blade range and clinical application of the McGrath® MAC video laryngoscope beyond routine and moderately difficult airways towards extreme airways, where a more acute anterior curvature and slimmer blade profile is needed.

The new blade builds upon the international clinical success of the super anterior McGrath® Series 5 blade, trusted on more than half a million patients.

Commenting on the launch Matt McGrath, CEO of Aircraft Medical, said: "With the advance of video laryngoscopes, the definition of a difficult airway is changing. Our slim-line McGrath® MAC blades allow both direct and enhanced indirect visualization, for fast and simple intubation in every day practice. We have seen increased adoption worldwide for use in both routine procedures and in many cases that would traditionally have been classed as difficult. In designing the X blade™ we wanted to create a blade for the extreme end of the difficult airways market. Slimmer and significantly less bulky than any blade we have produced before, the X blade™ is designed to encourage optimal technique and facilitate easier tube placement."

Compatible with the McGrath® MAC video laryngoscope handles, the X blade™ benefits from a portrait display to help reduce blindspot as well as a number of other advantages offered by the robust and low maintenance McGrath® MAC video laryngoscope system.

The McGRATH® X blade™ will be displayed at Aircraft Medical's booth 120 during Euroanaesthesia 2013. For more information or a demonstration please contact your local distributor. The McGRATH® X blade™ will be available at the end of 2013.

About the McGRATH® MAC Video Laryngoscope

The McGRATH® MAC is designed to address increasing clinical demand and make video intubation technology more accessible to doctors world-wide. Adoption of this technology has previously been limited by high prices. The highly portable McGRATH® MAC video laryngoscope combines McGRATH® video technology with wide range of blades, allowing the clinician to visualise the laryngeal inlet directly and indirectly in everyday practice.

The McGRATH® MAC system, including handle and display monitor, meet Aircraft's HLDi standard. Introduced in 2008, Aircraft's HLDi standard offers full immersion capability and meets, and exceeds, the strictest infection control requirements, which include the recent advancements in vaporized hydrogen peroxide sterilisation systems.

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