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Understand the DL/VL/HAVL Difference



Understanding the difference

There’s a lot of heated debate about DL vs. VL and the role of HAVL, but in the end, it’s not about what tools you use; it’s about how you use them.

In this space learn more about the benefits and limitations of each. Then you will be able to choose the right one for you and more importantly, for your patient.

The Online Learning Space

Enhanced Digital Content

Enhanced digital content allows you to learn in two ways. Use the space here as part of the online course for this topic. Then, let the same enhanced digital content guide you through our immersive physical space for hands-on procedure training, skills challenges, and expert coaching. 


DL/VL ExplainedTwitter Thread
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Rapid Review

From DL to HAVL

Direct laryngoscopy and video laryngoscopy have many similarities and distinct differences. One big difference is that DL requires a direct line of sight to the trachea, whereas VL can look around curves to get a view. You can see more of this in our airway anatomy space.

DV vs. VL Explained

build your network

Reuben Strayer MD @emupdates created this wonderful video about the DL/VL difference. Take 9 minutes and 34 seconds out of your life to watch it (it’s absolutely worth it) and then add Reuben to your social learning network for more great learning.

twitter thread

This one goes back to PAC20. Take a moment to follow the thread and get the key differences between DL and VL.

User Guide

Keep yourself on track and get credit for completion using this guide.

  1. Open the guide to a tab on your browser.
  2. Visit each poster & review the content.
  3. Complete any challenges to earn points.

What’s Next


Congratulations! You’ve completed this section of the learning space. Collect all the available points before moving on to the next poster to explore all the interactive and hands-on learning opportunities. 

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