Preoperative assessment of the airway

Lauren C. Berkow, Promise Ariyo

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Abstract

Failure to secure a patient's airway can cause severe and long-lasting consequences, including death. Indeed, failed airway management is a leading cause of legal claims in the field of anesthesiology. Anticipating and preparing for difficulty in airway management is crucial to avoiding airway catastrophes. Many of the traditional methods for predicting a difficult airway have low sensitivity and specificity, but prediction models and adjuncts to traditional methods of airway evaluation are being researched extensively. This article reviews airway assessment approaches, including the use of newer airway assessment models and imaging, and emphasizes the need for involvement of multiple disciplines to improve airway safety.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)28-35
Number of pages8
JournalTrends in Anaesthesia and Critical Care
Volume5
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2015

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Airway Management
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Sensitivity and Specificity

Keywords

  • Airway
  • Assessment tools
  • Multidisciplinary

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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Preoperative assessment of the airway. / Berkow, Lauren C.; Ariyo, Promise.

In: Trends in Anaesthesia and Critical Care, Vol. 5, No. 1, 01.02.2015, p. 28-35.

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