difficult airway algorithm
To reduce the likelihood of adverse anesthetic outcomes through
education and discussion of difficult airway management scenarios.
Expertise in airway
management is important to every medical specialty.
Maintaining a patent airway is vital while providing adequate oxygenation
Failure to do so for even
a brief period can be disastrous.
Difficulty in managing the airway is the single most
important cause of major anesthesia-related morbidity and
Excluding dental damage,
the single largest
category of anesthetic-related injury is respiratory events.
The three main causes of respiratory-related
difficult tracheal intubation.
Based on these evidences, the American Society
of Anesthesiology(ASA) published recommended guidelines for dealing
with the airway.
Anesthesia / Editor: Barash, Paul G.; Cullen,
Bruce F.; Stoelting, Robert K.
Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Edition: 4th Edition
The ASA guidelines
presented at this website are recommendations
and are not
intended as standards or absolute requirements.