Intubation remains difficult and dangerous.
The 3rd most common medical procedure in the US, with over 40 B performed each year.
The cost of intubation complications is over $20 B in increased medical care.
Currently, 55% of failed intubations in the emergency department and ICU are due to the inability to direct the endotracheal tube into the trachea.
Each year there are more than 400 thousand complications from failed intubation attempts resulting in over 100 thousand extra deaths in the emergency department and ICU!