Continued Training of Staff Anesthetists
Proficiency in advanced airway management (AM) techniques detoriates over time when they are not regularly practiced on routine surgical patients (16). The strict adherence to a preformulated strategies and most important, trained personnel, have been shown to be effective in solving most problems associated with difficult airways (DAs) (11). Therefore, continued training of staff anesthetists using the selected alternative AM techniques is needed to be prepared for mastering DA situations.
Recomendations of the Austrian Working Group for Airway Management
We highly recommend regular training of staff anesthetists using the selected alternative AM techniques in routine surgical patients to maintain and broaden the skills that are essential for the management of DA situations. We further emphasize that staff anesthetists should also be trained on simulation systems and should practice invasive AM techniques on suitable airway models.
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