Using Facetime can be an effective way to supervise intubations & other procedures
(ED NOTE: Facetime is an iPhone app/platform; Google Hangouts probably can be used in same way, and is compatible with both Android and iPhone)
Investigators at the University of Arizona compared in person supervision of intubations to remote supervision using Facetime, finding that the virtual approach can be as effective as in-person supervision.
A total of forty eight first and second year medical students were recruited for the study. Each participant performed an intubation on an advanced airway simulation trainer with four supervision modalities.
Participants went through four rounds of intubation, using each supervision modality in random orders. FaceTime supervisors were located in another room in the facility. Of note, no participants had any prior intubation experience.