Internet Journal of Airway Management



Volume 5 (January 2008 to December 2009)


Zadrobilek E, Missaghi SM, Krasser K, Puchner W, Marian F (for the Austrian Working Group for Airway Management). Recommendations of the Austrian Working Group for Airway Management: Preoperative Airway Evaluation and Documentation, Dissemination, and Communication of Difficult Airway Information




We studied the published guidelines and recommendations for the management of the difficult airway (DA); furthermore, we reviewed the current literature with emphasis on preoperative airway evaluation and documentation, dissemination, and communication of DA information. Based on these reviews and available evidence, we generated these recommendations in order to assist the Austrian anesthesia community in formulating departmental directives. The nationwide implementation of routine preoperative airway evaluation in all patients requiring anesthetic care and reliable in-hospital DA information systems may improve patient care and prevent adverse outcomes associated with DA management. Furthermore, the reliable dissemination and communication of the experienced DA may improve future patient care.




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