Evaluation: Verathon GlideScope AVL Video Laryngoscope

June 27, 2018 | Evaluations & Guidance


  • The GlideScope AVL is a cart-based video laryngoscope with single-use blades that is used to support intubation by providing a clear, unobstructed view of the airway and vocal cords.
  • The GlideScope AVL consists of the following:
    • GlideScope video monitor
      • Includes video laryngoscope display:
        • Size: 16.3 cm (6.4 in), measured diagonally; display is oriented horizontally
        • Resolution: 640 × 480 pixels
        • Brightness: 600 cd/m2
      • Has internal battery which will power the display for up to 90 minutes
      • Connects to mains power via power adapter and cable
      • Connects to laryngoscope blade via video cable and batons
      • Typically mounted on a cart or IV pole (see list of optional components below)
      • Weight: 1.0 kg (2.2 lb)
      • Size: 17.5 × 22.4 × 7.9 cm (6.9 × 8.8 × 3.1 in)
      • Connections:
        • HDMI video output
        • USB output for recording of pictures and video clips to a connected USB drive
      • Video monitor is reusable, has an ingress protection rating of IP54, and does not need to be disinfected between each patient. However, it should be cleaned on a regular basis and if visibly soiled.
      • The GlideScope video monitor is also compatible with the GlideScope Titanium reusable blades as well as Spectrum Smart Cable and single-use blades. Note that the different types of cables and video batons are not interchangeable; each type of blade (Titanium, Spectrum, and GVL) requires a specific cable (or video baton).
    • AVL video baton
      • Contains the LED light source, the camera, and the electronics that process the video data.
      • Connects to the video monitor via an integrated video cable and is inserted into GVL Stat laryngoscope blades.
      • Video baton 1-2 is used with sizes 0, 1, 2, and 2.5 GVL Stat blades.
      • Video baton 3-4 is used with sizes 3 and 4 GVL Stat blades.
      • Cable length:
        • Video baton 1-2: 204 cm (80.3 in)
        • Video baton 3-4: 153.9 cm (60.6 in)
      • Video batons are reusable, have an ingress protection rating of IPX8, and should be subjected to low-level disinfection between each patient. They should be subjected to high-level disinfection or sterilization if visibly soiled.
      • AVL video batons are not compatible with the GlideScope Ranger monitor.
    • Power adapter and power cable
    • GVL Stat blades—Single-use laryngoscope blades that go over the video baton and protect it from contact with mucous membranes and nonintact skin.

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