The Difficult Airway in Adult Critical Care

Gavin G. Lavery, MD, FCARSCI, MB, BCh, BAO; Brian V. McCloskey, MB, BCh, FRCA, FFARCSI, MRCP

Disclosures

Crit Care Med. 2008;36(7):2163-2173. 

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Awake Intubation

Awake intubation is more time-consuming, needs experienced personnel, is less pleasant (than intubation under anesthesia), and may have to be abandoned as a result of the patient's inability or unwillingness to cooperate. However, because spontaneous breathing and pharyngeal/laryngeal muscle tone is maintained, it is significantly safer.

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