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Difficult Airway 

Difficult Airway
Difficult Airway

Romina G. Ilic

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date: 23 June 2021

The difficult airway chapter focuses on preparing the clinician for a challenging airway. Management of both the expected, as well as the unexpected, difficult airway is critical to the care of the perioperative patient. Proper patient evaluation, organization, and preparation with a variety of airway tools are imperative to successfully securing the airway. The chapter reviews the difficult airway algorithm and discusses advanced airway techniques such as the use of awake intubation, airway exchange catheters, supraglottic airway devices, and surgical airway. Gaining familiarity with and using these advanced airway techniques in non-urgent situations will help ensure success when they are needed in emergencies.

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