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Volume 5 (January 2008 to December 2009)

 

Zadrobilek E, Krasser K, Puchner W, Missaghi SM, Marian F (for the Austrian Working Group for Airway Management). Recommendations of the Austrian Working Group for Airway Management: Strategies for the Management of the Unanticipated Difficult Airway



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.

 

 

Training of Alternative Airway Management Techniques


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