Recent Advances in Anesthesiology

Volume: 3

An Update on Morbid Obesity Airway Management

Author(s): Orreaga Zugasti Echarte, María Polo Gil, Susana Hernandez García, Ainhoa Amat Remírez and Maider Valencia Alzueta

Pp: 175-188 (14)

DOI: 10.2174/9789811432385120030018

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Obesity, associated with a greater chance of difficult/failed intubation, as well as bag-mask ventilation is also known to be troublesome. Obese patients present a different set of challenges and require specific peri-operative care and a robust airway strategy must be planned and discussed, as desaturation occurs quickly and airway management can be difficult.

Keywords: BMI, Bag-mask ventilation, Difficult airway, Extubation, Lung volumes, Mallampati, NIV, Neck circumference, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Obesity hypoventilation syndrome, Obesity, Predictors, PEEP, Preoxygenation, Ramping position, Supraglottic airway devices, Surgical airway, Test, Thyromental distance, Video-laryngoscopes.

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