Comparison of Two Videolaryngoscopes (C-MAC vs Airtraq) for Awake Intubation (AWAKECMACTRA)

  • End date
    Dec 31, 2023
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Hospital Clinico Universitario de Santiago
Updated on 15 July 2022


Patients with anticipated difficult airway are recommended to be managed with an awake tracheal intubation. Initially fibreoptic bronchoscopy was considered the gold standard, but in the last decade videolaryngoscopes have been demonstrated to be an efficacy alternative technique. Recently, a systematic review and meta-analysis was published investigating the efficacy and safety of videolaryngoscopy compared with fibreoptic bronchoscopy for awake tracheal intubation. Eight prospective, randomized studies were included, with different videolaryngoscopes (C-MAC, GlideScope, Pentax AWS, McGraft, and Bullard). However, a direct comparison of two different videolaryngoscopes for awake tracheal intubation in patients with anticipated difficult airway has not been performed.


This is a clinical prospective randomized-controlled trial. The aim of this study is to compare two different devices (C-MAC videolaryngoscope and Airtraq videolaryngoscope) for awake tracheal intubation in patients with difficult airways scheduled for surgery. The primary endpoint will be to compare first-attempt intubation success rate between the two videolaryngoscopes. Secondary outcomes will be to compare: difference in the overall success rate, number of intubation attempts, Cormack-Lehane grade of glottic view, incidence of complications related to intubation, difficulty experienced by the operator, patient's tolerability of the procedure.

Condition Intubation
Treatment C-Mac Videolaryngoscope, Airtraq videolaryngoscope.
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT05428995
SponsorHospital Clinico Universitario de Santiago
Last Modified on15 July 2022


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years and older
Patients with anticipated difficult airway requiring awake intubation under local anaesthesia and conscious sedation for general anesthesia
Written informed consent from the patient or proxy (if present) before inclusion or once possible when patient has been included in a context of emergency

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age <18 years
refusal of the patient
patient's respiratory failure
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