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Airway management in the intensive care unit 

Airway management in the intensive care unit
Airway management in the intensive care unit

Lillian L. Emlet

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date: 22 February 2020

Airway management in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) requires a systematic, comprehensive approach to manage the anticipated and unanticipated difficulties that arise from critical illness and respiratory failure. It is similar in many waysto other emergent airway management situations in the emergency department(ED) and in-hospital cardiopulmonary arrest due to its unanticipated, emergentnature. In contrast, the situation may be different due to progressivelydecreased cardiopulmonary physiologic reserve, anatomic difficulties, andvariable injury complex of each trauma patient.

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