Recent Advances in Anesthesiology

Volume: 3

An Update on Airway Management in the Emergency Department

Author(s): Alicia Guarnizo Ruiz and Sara Rut Arias Perez

Pp: 205-211 (7)

DOI: 10.2174/9789811432385120030020

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Physicians of emergency department should be trained in airway management and be familiar with the algorithms and devices at their hospitals. Whenever possible, a rapid evaluation should be carried out in order to attempt to manage a possible difficult airway. Limiting the number of attempts (maximum of three attempts) to achieve a timely nontraumatic endotracheal intubation is the main goal in airway management. Therefore, it is important to make the first attempt in the best conditions and with a device with the highest likelihood of success in order to prevent airway trauma and progression to a “cannot intubate, cannot oxygenate” situation.

Keywords: Cricoid pressure, Capnography, Difficult Airway, Emergency Department, Failed intubation, FONA, Hypoxia, Oesophageal intubation, RSI, Surgical airway, Videolaryngoscope.

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