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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: David B. Glick, MD, MBA (University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine)
Description: This is a comprehensive collection of well illustrated techniques for both common and uncommon approaches to airway management.
Purpose: The author's aim is to facilitate the teaching of simple and complicated techniques for airway management to relatively inexperienced trainees. A book of this sort is an extremely useful tool for anyone learning or teaching the gamut of techniques now available for controlling a patient's airway. The author successfully achieves his aim with brief, clearly worded explanations/directions and excellent cadaveric, radiologic, and bronchoscopic images.
Audience: The book is intended for medical students and residents who encounter airway issues in the operating room or emergency room settings, but any practitioner interested in using a new technique for airway management will find the descriptions and illustrations in helpful.
Features: The chapters provide step-by-step instructions for the performance of many of the current techniques for airway management. The illustrations are clear and the descriptions are easy to follow. The only flaw in the book is that a particularly important chapter for the junior trainee — pharmacology of airway management — had errors in the onset time for the muscle relaxants (seconds instead of minutes) and, more importantly, listed a dose of atropine as 10-20 mg/kg instead of mcg/kg.
Assessment: This is an excellent resource for learning or teaching about airway management. It provides the broadest coverage of the topic I have come across, and the illustrations are excellent.