Why is it important to secure an airway in patients with diphtheria?

Updated: Jan 18, 2019
  • Author: Bruce M Lo, MD, MBA, CPE, RDMS, FACEP, FAAEM, FACHE; Chief Editor: Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor, III, MD  more...
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Secure definite airway for patients with impending respiratory compromise or the presence of laryngeal membrane. Early airway management allows access for mechanical removal of tracheobronchial membranes and prevents the risk of sudden asphyxia through aspiration. Consider involving ENT or operating room personnel for intubation and securing of airway if there is suspicion for loss of the airway or respiratory failure.


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