Recent Advances in Anesthesiology

Volume: 3

An Update on Obstetric Airway Management

Author(s): Mónica San Juan Álvarez, Marta Chacón Castillo, Adriana Carolina Orozco Vinasco, María de la Flor Robledo and Concepción Rodríguez Bertos

Pp: 157-174 (18)

DOI: 10.2174/9789811432385120030017

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Airway management in the obstetric patient is a challenge for anaesthesiologists, not only because of the anatomical and physiological changes during pregnancy, but also because of the surgery´s urgency, the location of the procedure, which sometimes takes place even outside the operation theatre, and also due to conflicts emerging between the needs of mother and foetus. The arising incidence in maternal comorbidities such as obesity, contributes to complications in airway management in this population.

Keywords: Airway management, Apnoeic times, Cricothyroid Membrane, Difficult airway, Difficult intubation, Laryngoscopy, Maternal death, Neuraxial anesthetic blocks, Predictors, Pregnant patient, Pregnancy, Pre-eclampsia, Ultrasonography, Videolaryngoscopy.

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