by Dr Karim Chammas, Beecroft Vet, NSW
For a long time, I thought laryngoscopes were more trouble than they’re worth. They are usually bulky and the illumination is quite weak. About three months ago, a rep demonstrated this IM3 model and since it was pretty inexpensive, I decided to give it a chance.
What’s good about it
This laryngoscope is lightweight, slender and has great illumination from its LED light source. When intubating an animal, it’s easy to position it so it doesn’t get in the way too much. It really makes it easier to line up the back of their throat.
It’s powered by rechargeable batteries and is constructed of stainless steel. In the unlikely case that a dog should bite down, the laryngoscope would be undamaged. After use, it can be sterilised by wiping it down with alcohol.
While we tend to mainly use this laryngoscope with dogs and cats, it can also be used with smaller animals. However, as rabbits are intubated differently, it may not be suitable in those situations.
The IM3 laryngoscope is a simple yet effective piece of equipment. I use it often and have found it to be very helpful. It has completely changed my opinion of laryngoscopes!
What’s not so good
The first laryngoscope I purchased was faulty but the supplier replaced it. There’s not a lot to it that can go wrong—and even if you have to replace the entire thing, they’re pretty inexpensive.