Airway management, emergencies and the difficult airway

Irene P. Osborn, Andrew J. Kleinberger, Vivek V. Gurudutt

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3 Scopus citations


Modern surgical practice necessitates safe and efficient management of the airway in order to administer anesthesia in a controlled manner. It is the primary role and responsibility of the anesthesiologist to assess, secure, and monitor a patient's airway in the perioperative setting. Although performed on a daily basis in seemingly routine fashion, unanticipated problems in airway management will be encountered by even the most skilled anesthesiologist in anywhere from 1 % to 3 % of patients undergoing general endotracheal anesthesia [1]. The effective identification of such potentially difficult airways should be the focus of the preoperative assessment by both surgeon and anesthesiologist in order to develop a coordinated plan of care and minimize the risk of precipitating a true airway emergency.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAnesthesiology and Otolaryngology
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781461441847
ISBN (Print)1461441838, 9781461441830
StatePublished - Sep 1 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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