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

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

by David B. Glick (Editor), Richard M Cooper (Editor), Andranik Ovassapian (Editor)
 

The book will provide a comprehensive and visual coverage of how to deal with patients who have expected or unexpected difficult airways. It will begin with a description of why the issue of difficult airways is important and then move to a description of the algorithm of how to address the different problems that can present as "Difficult Airways." The majority of

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The book will provide a comprehensive and visual coverage of how to deal with patients who have expected or unexpected difficult airways. It will begin with a description of why the issue of difficult airways is important and then move to a description of the algorithm of how to address the different problems that can present as "Difficult Airways." The majority of the book will be a comprehensive step-by-step approach to the rescue techniques listed as part of the ASA Difficult Airway Algorithm. These chapters will be written by noted experts in each of the techniques and will be clearly illustrated.

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780387928487
Publisher:
Springer New York
Publication date:
12/31/2012
Edition description:
2013
Pages:
295
Product dimensions:
8.27(w) x 10.98(h) x 0.03(d)

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