Experienced Airway Management Team
The establishment of a formal on-call group of staff anesthesists experienced in emergency airway management (AM) may minimize airway related major complications (8, 41). A team for cardiopulmonary resuscitation is usually implemented even in small institutions, but an experienced emergency AM team is rarely provided. Early call for help is generally recommended particularly in unanticipated difficult airway (DA) situations (2, 10 32, 43); consequently, the immediate availability of an additional experienced operator should be provided independent of the size of the institution.
Recommendations of the Austrian Working Group for Airway Management
We recommend the implementation of an experienced emergency AM team or the provision of at least one experienced airway manager on call for assistance in DA management.
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