A new piece of equipment in the Upland Hills Emergency Department allows physicians to more easily save the lives of kids who can’t breathe.

“This equipment really improves our success rate for establishing an airway in emergency situations,” explained Dr. Phil Shultz, Emergency Department Medical Director.

The Glidescope is a fiber optic tool that physicians use to see the correct placement for an airway tube—when a patient is not able to breathe. The equipment is used for patients who are difficult to intubate, adults and children alike.

“Many children’s medical emergencies involve breathing difficulties,” explained Dr. Mike Foley of Madison Emergency Physicians, who staff the Upland Hills Emergency Department. The recently purchased Glidescope has a pediatric attachment that fits smaller airways to help create an airway for a child who can’t breathe. Kids can experience breathing difficulties for a variety of reasons, including a foreign object in their airway, such as a piece of hot dog, to a severe asthma attack. Drs. Foley and Shultz agree that the Glidescope is the most efficient way to open up the airway and allow those kids to get air back into their lungs.

The equipment purchase was made possible through generous gifts from the physicians of Madison Emergency Physicians group who staff the Upland Hills Health Emergency Department, with a cumulative gift of over $5,000. The Upland Hills Health Foundation Board was proud to combine this donation with additional gifts given by many supportive donors to fund the remaining cost of this essential piece of equipment.