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Emergency airway management

Flavia Petrini, Ida Di Giacinto, Rita Cataldo, Clelia Esposito, Vittorio Pavoni, Paolo Donato, Antonella Trolio, Guido Merli, Massimiliano Sorbello, Paolo Pelosi
Proper management of obese patients requires a team vision and appropriate behaviors by all health care providers in hospital. Specialist competencies are fundamental, as are specific clinical pathways and good clinical practices designed to deal with patients whose body mass index is ≥30 kg/m2. Standards of care for bariatric and non-bariatric surgery and for the critical care management of this population exist but are not well defined nor clearly followed in every hospital. Thus every anesthesiologist is likely to deal with this challenging population...
October 19, 2016: Minerva Anestesiologica
Thomas Fuchs-Buder, Réka Nemes, Denis Schmartz
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To revise the current literature on concepts for neuromuscular block management. Moreover, consequences of incomplete neuromuscular recovery on patients' postoperative pulmonary outcome are evaluated as well. RECENT FINDINGS: The incidence of residual paralysis may be as high as 70% and even small degrees of residual paralysis may have clinical consequences. Neostigmine should not be given before return of the fourth response of the train-of-four-stimulation and no more than 40-50 μg/kg should be given...
October 14, 2016: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
Jubil Thomas, Áine Heaney, Pradipta Bhakta, Suzanne Crowe
Aspiration of foreign body is a very common emergency in paediatric age group. It is very rare in adult population. Moreover common foreign body in adults are food materials. Aspiration of hypodermic needle is very rarely reported. But this can happen accidentally during use of hypodermic needle for dental block. We hereby report such a case of aspiration of hypodermic needle accidentally aspirated during performing a dental block. Aspiration of sharp foreign body and its bronscopic removal can lead to injury to airway...
September 2016: Journal of Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery
Jonathan Kei, Donald P Mebust
BACKGROUND: It has been suggested that an adult 8.0 endotracheal tube (ETT) connected to a neonatal meconium aspirator would improve suctioning during emergent endotracheal intubation compared to the Yankauer suction instrument, the standard tool used by emergency physicians. OBJECTIVES: This study was designed to compare the effectiveness of a Yankauer vs. an ETT-meconium aspirator set-up in suctioning liquids of different viscosities. METHODS: The Yankauer and ETT-meconium aspirator device underwent a head-to-head timed comparison, suctioning 250 mL of three different fluids, varying in viscosity...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Michael T Long, Matthew P Murray
Tongue entrapments within bottles are very rare childhood mishaps. The most immediate hazard in a tongue entrapment is airway obstruction. Tongue entrapment is an airway emergency; contingency planning to maintain airway patency, oxygenation, and ventilation is critical. Here, we report the case of a 5-year-old girl presenting to a pediatric emergency department with an increasingly popular novelty soda bottle, featuring a unique and dangerous design, entrapped on her tongue. Operative removal was anticipated...
September 30, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
Jenny Feldman Eskildsen, Brian D Thorp, Hemanth A Baboolal
Management of anesthesia for a child with an upper airway foreign body is fraught with particular challenges. We present the case of a 3-year-old girl who presented to the emergency department with a 12-cm sewing needle protruding from her mouth and unknown vascular involvement. We were faced with establishing a secure airway despite exclusion of mask ventilation or use of a laryngeal mask airway. Moreover, peripheral intravenous access was lost before adequate sedation. Ultimately, we were able to safely induce anesthesia and achieve endotracheal intubation...
October 5, 2016: A & A Case Reports
Elizabeth Simpson
Rationale and key points Choking, or foreign body airway obstruction, is a common, yet treatable, cause of accidental death. This article aims to provide an overview of the skills required when faced with this emergency in adults, including how to recognise this emergency, the immediate management and treatment required, and the necessary aftercare. » Choking usually occurs when a person is eating or drinking. » An obstruction may classified as mild or severe. » For a severe obstruction in a conscious person, it may be necessary to administer back blows and/or abdominal thrusts to remove the obstruction from the airway...
September 14, 2016: Nursing Standard
Chulin Chen, Ting Kan, Shuang Li, Chen Qiu, Li Gui
OBJECTIVES: This review aimed to analyze published literature to introduce the use and implementation of standard operating procedures (SOPs) and checklists in prehospital emergency medicine and their impact on guideline adherence and patient outcome. METHODS: An English literature search was carried out using the Cochrane Library, MEDLINE, EMBASE, Springer, Elsevier, and ProQuest databases. Original articles describing the use and implementation of SOPs or checklists in prehospital emergency medicine were included...
September 28, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Stephen J Traub, Eelco F Wijdicks
Coma represents a true medical emergency. Drug intoxications are a leading cause of coma; however, other metabolic disturbances and traumatic brain injury are also common causes. The general emergency department approach begins with stabilization of airway, breathing, and circulation, followed by a thorough physical examination to generate a limited differential diagnosis that is then refined by focused testing. Definitive treatment is ultimately disease-specific. This article presents an overview of the pathophysiology, causes, examination, and treatment of coma...
November 2016: Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America
Jodi Taylor, Sarah Black, Stephen J Brett, Kim Kirby, Jerry P Nolan, Barnaby C Reeves, Maria Robinson, Chris A Rogers, Lauren J Scott, Adrian South, Elizabeth A Stokes, Matthew Thomas, Sarah Voss, Sarah Wordsworth, Jonathan R Benger
Health outcomes after out of hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) are extremely poor, with only 7-9% of patients in the United Kingdom (UK) surviving to hospital discharge. Currently emergency medical services (EMS) use either tracheal intubation or newer supraglottic airway devices (SGAs) to provide advanced airway management during OHCA. Equipoise between the two techniques has led to calls for a well-designed randomised controlled trial. The primary objective of the AIRWAYS-2 trial is to assess whether the clinical effectiveness of the i-gel, a second-generation SGA, is superior to tracheal intubation in the initial airway management of OHCA patients in the UK...
September 30, 2016: Resuscitation
Lisa S MacBeth, Gerald W Volcheck, Juraj Sprung, Toby N Weingarten
PURPOSE: Two types of bradykinin-mediated angioedema, hereditary angioedema (HAE) and acquired angioedema (AAE), result from deficiency or dysfunction of C1 esterase inhibitor, leading to an overproduction of bradykinin, which can lead to vascular permeability and life-threatening angioedema of the airway. The objective of this study was to review perioperative outcomes in a series of patients with HAE and AAE and to review current knowledge about anesthetic complications in patients with HAE or AAE...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
Maarten J J B Vehmeijer, Naomi Verstoep, Jan E H Wolff, Engelbert A J M Schulten, Bas van den Berg
BACKGROUND: Over the last decades, dental implants have become increasingly popular in the prosthetic rehabilitation of patients. This has subsequently led to an increase of perioperative complications. Obstruction of the airway as a result of a floor of mouth hematoma after dental implant surgery is a rare but life-threatening complication. CASE REPORT: A 62-year-old man presented to the emergency department with a compromised airway caused by a hematoma in the floor of the mouth that occurred during dental implant surgery in the edentulous anterior mandible...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
N H Lindkaer Jensen, T M Cook, F E Kelly
The Fourth National Audit Project (NAP4) recommended airway training for trainee and trained anaesthetists. As the skills required for management of airway emergencies differ from routine skills and these events are rare, practical training is likely to require training workshops. In 2013, we surveyed all UK National Health Service hospitals to examine the current practices regarding airway training workshops. We received responses from 206 hospitals (62%) covering all regions. Regarding airway workshops, 16% provide none and 51% only for trainees...
November 2016: Anaesthesia
Lucas Van Oeveren, Julie Donner, Andrea Fantegrossi, Nicholas M Mohr, Calvin A Brown
BACKGROUND: Intubation in rural emergency departments (EDs) is a high-risk procedure, often with little or no specialty support. Rural EDs are utilizing real-time telemedicine links, connecting providers to an ED physician who may provide clinical guidance. INTRODUCTION: We endeavored to describe telemedicine-assisted intubation in rural EDs that are served by an ED telemedicine network. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Prospective data were collected on all patients who had an intubation attempt while on the video telemedicine link from May 1, 2014 to April 30, 2015...
September 27, 2016: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
J M Huitink, P P Lie, I Heideman, E P Jansma, R Greif, N van Schagen, A Schauer
The aim of this study was to develop an audit tool to identify prospectively all peri-operative adverse events during airway management in a cost-effective and reproducible way. All patients at VU University Medical Center who required general anaesthesia for elective and emergency surgical procedures were included during a period of 8 weeks. Daily questionnaires and interviews were taken from anaesthesia trainees and anaesthetic department staff members. A total of 2803 patients underwent general anaesthesia, 1384 men and 1419 women, including 2232 elective patients and 571 emergency procedures, 697 paediatric and 2106 adult surgical procedures...
September 26, 2016: Anaesthesia
Mineko Oka, Rumi Ueha, Takaharu Nito, Tatsuya Yamasoba
INTRODUCTION: Fibrovascular polyps (FVPs) are benign tumors that commonly occur in the cervical esophagus. Few cases of FVPs of the hypopharynx have been reported, but there has been no English review concerning hypopharyngeal FVPs (hFVPs). Here, we report a case of a vast hFVP, and we also review 13 hFVP cases found in the English literature (PubMed search) including our case. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 41-year-old man with respiratory distress and regurgitation of a mass was referred to our hospital...
2016: SpringerPlus
L Zhang, Y Qiu, B Yi, L Ni, L Zhang, Pulati Taxi, H Li, Q Zhang, W Wang, Z Liu, L Li, L Zhao, H Wang, B Sun
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to evaluate the efficacy of respiratory support and surfactant in incidence, management and outcome of neonatal hypoxemic respiratory failure (NRF) in Chinese emerging regional neonatal-perinatal care system in the era of universal health insurance policy. STUDY DESIGN: Clinical data of NRF were prospectively collected in 12 consecutive months from 2011 to 2012 in 12 neonatal intensive care units (NICU) in major cities of Northwest China. NRF was defined as hypoxemia requiring nasal continuous positive airway pressure (nCPAP) or intratracheal ventilation combined with surfactant for at least 24 h, with associated risk factors, mortality rate and major co-morbidities analyzed...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Lisa Wolf, Connie M Ulrich, Christine Grady
Excellent patient care within the emergency department requires interdisciplinary training, teamwork, and communication to manage the chaos of the environment. Specifically, invasive procedures required to manage airway, breathing, and circulation via intubation, chest compressions, and establishing intravenous access can provide a direct benefit to save lives but also have the potential to harm both patients and health care clinicians alike; emergency health care clinicians can be exposed to significant amounts of blood and body fluids as well as other threats of physical and psychological harm...
September 2016: Hastings Center Report
Lukas Bündgens, Frank Tacke, Christian Trautwein, Alexander Koch
Poisoning with impaired mental state is a frequent cause for hospital admission. The initial management includes assessment of vital functions and airway management followed by focussed diagnostics. Poison Emergency Centers can provide valuable assistance in acute intoxications. Clinically important agents causing mental state alterations include opiates, benzodiazepines, tricyclic antidepressants, alcohol, methanol and ethylene glycol, carbon monoxide and salicylates. Most important therapeutic measures comprise supportive care, decontamination or elimination...
September 2016: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
Michael Bernhard, André Gries, Alexandra Ramshorn-Zimmer, Volker Wenzel, Bjoern Hossfeld
Background. Emergency airway management (AM) is a priority when resuscitating critically ill or severely injured patients. The goal of this study was to determine the success rates of LT insertion during AM. Methods. Studies that included LT first-pass insertion (FPI) and overall-pass insertion (OPI) success by emergency medical services and in-hospital providers performing AM for emergency situations as well as for scheduled surgery published until July 2014 were searched systematically in Medline. Results...
2016: BioMed Research International
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