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Airway management 

Airway management
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Airway management
Author(s):

Martin Hughes

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199692958.003.0025
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date: 17 September 2019

This chapter gives a general overview of safe airway management in the intensive care environment. It outlines the indications for endotracheal intubation and describes the safe execution of intubation. This chapter also deals with elective insertion of temporary tracheostomies in critically ill patients. It details the indications for insertion and details the types of tracheostomies. The chapter describes the management of the common tracheostomy emergencies: blockage and displacement of the tracheostomy tube and bleeding. The indications for, and technique of, decannulation are described. Weaning and safe conditions for extubation are described. Recognition of the need for and the technique for re-intubation are described.

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