In this randomized clinical trial that included 999 patients, the use of a stylet for tracheal intubation in critically ill adult patients resulted in significantly higher first‑attempt intubation success than the use of tracheal tube alone. The incidence of serious adverse events evaluated by the rate of traumatic injuries related to tracheal intubation was similar in the two groups.


Prof Sheila MYATRA. Consultant Critical Care Specialist, Department of Anaesthesiology, Critical Care and Pain, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai (IN). Secretary, Indian College of Critical Care Medicine of the Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine (ISCCM).

Prof Samir JABER. Head of the Critical Care and Anesthesia Department of Saint-Eloi University Hospital, Montpellier (FR). Full “exceptional class” (highest degree) professor in Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Faculty of Medicine of Montpellier. Senior Deputy Editor of the ICM Journal.

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