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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: David B. Glick, MD, MBA (University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine)
Description: This update of a 2008 book offers clinicians a wide range of tools and techniques for overcoming challenges (common and uncommon) posed by patients with difficult airways.
Purpose: The purpose is to present the whole range of available tools for the management of difficult airways. This, in turn, will enable clinicians to optimize the care of each of their patients in a context-sensitive fashion.
Audience: The audience includes any clinicians involved in airway management, from medical students doing their junior clerkship rotations to the most senior anesthesia consultants. The content and presentation is suitable for all levels. The novice can learn the basics of airway management from bag-mask ventilation onward, while the experienced practitioner can pick up useful tips from some of the most notable authorities in airway management.
Features: The first of the book's four sections provides an intellectual overview of the approach to the management of difficult airways. The second section describes the various tools and techniques available for airway management. The third, and by far the longest, offers 45 case studies in airway management as examples of the applications of the techniques described in the second section. The final section offers administrative and educational suggestions.
Assessment: This book provides an excellent description and analysis of the wide range of approaches used to manage challenging airways. The case-based section provides a novel approach to reinforcing the techniques described earlier in the book. The rapid addition of new airway devices since the first edition was published made this second edition necessary.