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The Ambu aScope


The AMBU aScope is a single-use, flexible bronchoscopy device that can be used for difficult emergency airway cases, In the emergency setting the primary use of this device would be for a predicted anatomically difficult airway (in a patient who is not a crash airway) who gives you time to perform FOI, and in a physiologically difficult airway, like a patient in septic shock, in which a hemodynamically neutral intubation is desired. This is the “awake” intubation scenario. It can be performed with video laryngoscopy, but in many cases fiberoptic intubation (FOI) is the preferred method.

What you’ll find here

  • Video review of device
  • Rapid review
  • Indications for use in ED
  • Microskills
  • Equipment list
  • Medication list
  • FOI airway checklist

rapid review to Dive Deep 🤿

This space is organized to bring you the most rapid and essential knowledge first. After that, go ahead and customize your learning by exploring what’s important to you in the content below. Look for the ✋emoji for learning that has an associated hands on component for in person learners.

rapid review – aScope

Don’t have time for the full video or just need a refresher on the basics of FOI with the AMBU aScope? We cut the in service video down to less than 90 seconds. Loop it and enjoy.

full video


Choose the select skills you want to review

Preparing scope

navigating tongue

Insertion into mouth

Through the cords

Equipment you will need (awake intubation)

In order to perform an FOI intubation you will need additional items. Most of them are the same as VL but there are a few extra items listed here that you will need to remember to have at the bedside, along with some extra medications for topicalization.


    • Attach to IV pole
  • Disposable scopes
  • Tongue depressor
  • William’s oral airway
  • Mucosal atomizer


  • Lidocaine 5% ointment
  • Lidocaine 4% liquid
  • Neo-synephrine or Afrin Nasal spray

This list of items is integrated into the full FOI intubation checklist below. 👇

The complete FOI Airway Checklist

Similar to the RSI airway checklist this FOI awake intubation checklist walks you through preparing your patient, your equipment, and your team prior to any FOI intubation attempt using fiberoptic approach.

For Mobile Device

Download a PDF version of this checklist, or use the QR code below for rapid access at the bedside when you need it. You can also print the QR code and place it near your FOI equipment.

More FOI resources

For those interested in more FOI training, you can access more content on this topic. Simply click on the masterclass link below to take you to the online masterclass learning space.

More FOI resources

For in person learners, locate any of the posters below within the installation to continue your training. Then snap the QR codes embedded within them to access the learning space. Look for the ✋emoji for integrated hands on training opportunities.

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