The American Society of Anesthesia just released their new difficult airway guidelines. Of course, I'll be reviewing them on the Practical Evidence Podcast.
Those guidelines are a bit too involved for Emergency Medicine and Intensive Care. For us, I recommend the Shock Trauma Algorithm. I modified it somewhat to fit my own prejudices (as usual).
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The approach was validated in this study:[Stephens CT, Kahntroff S, Dutton RP. The success of emergency endotracheal intubation in trauma patients: a 10-year experience at a major adult trauma referral center. Anesth Analg. 2009 Sep;109(3):866-72.]
Couldn't be easier to remember and use.
- COVID19 – Awake Pronation (aka the Pig Roast) A guest write-up by David Gordon, MD - April 6, 2020
- EMCrit Wee – Webinar I Gave to Pulm/Crit Care Fellows on Avoiding Intubation and Initial Ventilation of COVID19 Patients - April 4, 2020
- EMCrit 269 – Rationing of Critical Care and Ventilators in COVID19 with Reub Strayer - March 31, 2020