We studied the published guidelines and recommendations for the management of the difficult airway (DA); furthermore, we reviewed the current literature with emphasis on preparatory provisions and alternative and evaluated backup devices applied for DA management. Based on these reviews and available evidence, we generated these recommendations, primarily intended for adult patients, in order to assist the Austrian anesthesia community in formulating departmental directives. The nationwide provision of the immediate availability of a dedicated and well-equipped DA cart for all anesthetizing locations may improve patient care and prevent adverse outcomes associated with DA management.
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