Managing the Difficult Airway
This has been considered under three headings: a) the anticipated difficult airway; b) the unanticipated difficult airway; and c) the difficult airway resulting in a cannot intubate and cannot ventilate situation.
Those involved in airway management must have: a) expertise in recognition/assessment of the potentially difficult airway; b) the ability to formulate a plan (and alternatives) for airway management;[1,2,75,76,77] c) familiarity with schemes that outline a sequence of actions designed to maintain oxygenation, ventilation, and patient safety. (The American Society of Anesthesiologists difficult airway algorithm is the most widely promulgated example. Another is the airway plans from the Difficult Airway Society); and d) the skills and experience to use airway adjuncts, particularly those relevant to the unanticipated difficult airway.
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