The Difficult Airway: An Atlas of Tools and Techniques for Clinical Management

Overview

The Difficult Airway provides a comprehensive textual and visual coverage of how to deal with patients who have expected or unexpected difficult airways. The text begins with a description of the incidence and importance of the difficult airway and then describes the ASA Difficult Airway Algorithm created to facilitate the management of “difficult airways.” The majority of the book features a comprehensive step-by-step approach to the rescue techniques listed as part of the ASA Algorithm. Noted experts in each of...

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Overview

The Difficult Airway provides a comprehensive textual and visual coverage of how to deal with patients who have expected or unexpected difficult airways. The text begins with a description of the incidence and importance of the difficult airway and then describes the ASA Difficult Airway Algorithm created to facilitate the management of “difficult airways.” The majority of the book features a comprehensive step-by-step approach to the rescue techniques listed as part of the ASA Algorithm. Noted experts in each of the techniques have been recruited by the book editors to present the information. Figures throughout the book illustrate important points and procedures. This is a wonderful resource for professionals in the health care field including anesthesiologists, intensive care physicians, emergency room physicians, nurses, and out-of-hospital first responders.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: David J. Dries, MD (University of Minnesota Medical School)
Description: This multiauthored book describes airway management strategies for patients where mechanical control of the airway is deemed difficult.
Purpose: It provides background in airway techniques to give practitioners alternative therapies for airway control.
Audience: Practitioners in emergency medicine, prehospital care, anesthesiology, surgery, pulmonology, and critical care medicine are an appropriate audience. The authors are from departments of anesthesiology in the U.S. and Canada, with many from the University of Chicago.
Features: After reviewing difficult airway algorithms from international societies, the book describes the clinical settings where intubation may be difficult. The majority of chapters describe techniques to facilitate airway control, including optimization of direct laryngoscopy, fiberoptic laryngoscopy, video laryngoscopy, and bronchoscopy. New technologies, including the supraglottic airway, the lightwand and optical stylets, are discussed. Alternative mechanical intubation techniques, including retrograde intubation, transtracheal jet intubation, and surgical airway access are described in the concluding chapters. Chapters are clearly written with an ample reference list incorporating primary literature. Photographs are essential in a work like this, and their quality is good to excellent in most chapters. The book makes good use of shading and textboxes. The table of contents presents not only chapter titles and authors, but also lists topics, while the subject index of approximately 10 pages provides effective access to content.
Assessment: This is an excellent introduction to consensus-based protocols for airway management that integrates available technologies to manage this problem. I hope that illustration quality is improved in subsequent editions. This is a worthy contribution for the material it collects.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387928487
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 12/31/2012
  • Edition description: 2013
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 203
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
1.The Difficult Airway: Definitions and Algorithms – Zdravka Zafirova and Avery Tung
2.The Expected Difficult Airway – Satya Krishna Ramachandran and Sachin Kheterpal
3.The Role of Awake Intubation – P. Allan Klock, Jr.
4.Unanticipated Difficult Direct Laryngoscopy: Methods to Improve Its Success – Mark E. Nunnally and Michael R. Hernandez
5.The Role of Rigid Fiberoptic Laryngoscopy – Richard M. Cooper
6.Role of Rigid Video Laryngoscopy – Richard M. Cooper and Corina Lee
7.The Role of the Supraglottic Airway – Irene P. Osborn
8.The Role of Flexible Bronchoscopy – David Glick
9.The Role of Optical Stylets – Richard Levitan
10.The Role of the Lightwand – Ashutosh Wali
11.Role of retrograde intubation – Martin Dauber
12.The Role of the Combitube and Laryngeal Tube – Michael Woo and Michael F. O’Connor
13.The Role of Transtracheal Jet Ventilation – Julio Cortiñas-Diaz and Seth Manoach
14.The Role of Surgical Airway Access – Kerstin M. Stenson
15.Evaluation and Management of the Difficult Pre-Hospital Airway – Janis P. Tupesis and Nathan Van Dyk
16.Extubation of the Difficult Airway – Richard Cooper and Louise Ellard

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