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Difficult airwaymanagement

Christoph Martin, Tobias Nefzger, Gösta Lotz
Airway management in the prehospital setting is a particular challenge. Even with numerous alternative devices, endotracheal intubation still represents the gold standard. Limited knowledge and experience of the user in addition to a critical patient's condition, special environmental conditions and limited material resources at the out of hospital emergency, are major causes of an increased incidence of difficult airways in the preclinical setting. For the management of the difficult airway emergency physicians can use alternatives to tracheal intubation such as extraglottic airway devices, videolaryngoscopy and cricothyroidotomy...
April 2016: Anästhesiologie, Intensivmedizin, Notfallmedizin, Schmerztherapie: AINS
Erol Cavus, Berthold Bein, Volker Dörges
Endotracheal intubation remains the "goldstandard" in airway management. If with use of conventional techniques intubation of the patient fails, or if an anticipated difficult airway is present, video-assisted techniques may help to increase intubation success. Video-assisted techniques give the possibility to indirectly visualise the laryngeal structures with fibreoptical or camerachip-technique, and to display the videopicture on an external or integrated monitor. For the anticipated difficult airway, awake flexible fibreoptical intubation still is the first choice...
September 2011: Anästhesiologie, Intensivmedizin, Notfallmedizin, Schmerztherapie: AINS
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