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By Jesse Guscott McMaster Family Practice Anesthesia program director. Medical educator, ER, Anesthesia Twitter:@GuscottJesse
Scott Ducharme, Brandon Kramer, David Gelbart, Caroline Colleran, Brian Risavi, Jestin N Carlson
BACKGROUND: Prehospital intubation poses several unique challenges. Video assisted laryngoscopy has been shown to help increase intubation success in the hospital setting; however, little prospective data have examined video assisted laryngoscopy in traditional ground ambulance agencies. METHODS: We performed a randomized, cross-over, non-blinded trial in ground ambulances comparing first attempt success and overall intubation success between video assisted laryngoscopy using the King Video Laryngoscope (KVL) and direct laryngoscopy (DL)...
March 20, 2017: Resuscitation
Peter G Brindley, Martin Beed, J Adam Law, Orlando Hung, Richard Levitan, Michael F Murphy, Laura V Duggan
Airway management outside the operating room is associated with increased risks compared with airway management inside the operating room. Moreover, airway management-whether in the intensive care unit, emergency department, interventional radiology suite, or general wards-often requires mastery of not only the anatomically difficult airway but also the physiologically and situationally difficult airway. The 2015 Difficult Airway Society Guidelines encourage the airway team to "stop and think". This article provides a practical review of how that evidence applies during emergency airway management outside of the operating room...
May 2017: Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia, Journal Canadien D'anesthésie
A Bernardini, G Natalini
We compared the risk of pulmonary aspiration in patients whose lungs were mechanically ventilated through a laryngeal mask airway (35 630 procedures) or tracheal tube (30 082 procedures). Three cases of pulmonary aspiration occurred with the laryngeal mask airway and seven with the tracheal tube. There were no deaths related to pulmonary aspiration. The incidence and outcome of pulmonary aspiration detected in this study were similar to those previously reported. The adjusted odds ratio (OR) for pulmonary aspiration with the laryngeal mask airway was 1...
December 2009: Anaesthesia
David T Wong, Amanda J Yee, Siaw May Leong, Frances Chung
PURPOSE: During the process of tracheal intubation, patients are apneic or hypoventilating and are at risk of becoming hypoxemic. This risk is especially high in patients with acute or chronic respiratory failure and accompanying compromised respiratory reserve. To address this concern, apneic oxygenation can be administered during tracheal intubation to aid in maintaining arterial oxygen saturation. The objective of this narrative review is to examine the utilization of apneic oxygenation within the operating room, intensive care unit (ICU), emergency department, and pre-hospital settings and to determine its efficacy compared with controls...
April 2017: Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia, Journal Canadien D'anesthésie
Christian Braun, Ulrich Kisser, Astrid Huber, Klaus Stelter
INTRODUCTION: In various motion pictures, medical TV shows and internet chatrooms, non-medical devices were presented as tools for life-saving cricothyroidotomies. However, there is uncertainty about whether it is possible for a bystander to perform a cricothyroidotomy and maintain gas exchange using improvised household items. This study examines the ability of bystanders to carry out an emergency cricothyroidotomy in fresh human cadavers using only a pocket knife and a ballpoint pen...
January 2017: Resuscitation
John C Sakles
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2017: Annals of Emergency Medicine
Cameron P Upchurch, Carlos G Grijalva, Stephan Russ, Sean P Collins, Matthew W Semler, Todd W Rice, Dandan Liu, Jesse M Ehrenfeld, Kevin High, Tyler W Barrett, Candace D McNaughton, Wesley H Self
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Induction doses of etomidate during rapid sequence intubation cause transient adrenal dysfunction, but its clinical significance on trauma patients is uncertain. Ketamine has emerged as an alternative for rapid sequence intubation induction. Among adult trauma patients intubated in the emergency department, we compare clinical outcomes among those induced with etomidate and ketamine. METHODS: The study entailed a retrospective evaluation of a 4-year (January 2011 to December 2014) period spanning an institutional protocol switch from etomidate to ketamine as the standard induction agent for adult trauma patients undergoing rapid sequence intubation in the emergency department of an academic Level I trauma center...
January 2017: Annals of Emergency Medicine
Louise Park, Irene Zeng, Andrew Brainard
OBJECTIVE: Many EDs have begun to evaluate their airway performance. The first-pass success (FPS) rate is a commonly used marker of proficiency, and has been associated with rates of adverse events. The aim of this systematic review and meta-analysis is to quantify the ED FPS rates and summarise the rates of adverse events associated with endotracheal intubation. METHODS: A structured literature search was performed through MEDLINE and EMBASE. Research published since 2000 was included if it prospectively collected data on all patients intubated in the ED and reported the FPS rates...
February 2017: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
T Saito, S T H Chew, W L Liu, K K Thinn, T Asai, L K Ti
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to propose and validate a new clinical score to predict difficult ventilation through a supraglottic airway device. METHODS: The score was proposed from our previously reported derivation data, and we prospectively validated the score in 5532 patients from November 2013 to April 2014. Predictive accuracy of the score was compared by the area under the receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve (AUC). We assigned point values to each of the identified four risk factors: male, age >45 yr, short thyromental distance, and limited neck movement, their sum composing the score...
September 2016: British Journal of Anaesthesia
M S Kristensen, W H Teoh, S S Rudolph
Inability to identify the cricothyroid membrane by inspection and palpation contributes substantially to the high failure rate of cricothyrotomy. This narrative review summarizes the current evidence for application of airway ultrasonography for identification of the cricothyroid membrane compared with the clinical techniques. We identified the best-documented techniques for bedside use, their success rates, and the necessary training for airway-ultrasound-naïve clinicians. After a short but structured training, the cricothyroid membrane can be identified using ultrasound in difficult patients by previously airway-ultrasound naïve anaesthetists with double the success rate of palpation...
September 2016: British Journal of Anaesthesia
C Frerk, V S Mitchell, A F McNarry, C Mendonca, R Bhagrath, A Patel, E P O'Sullivan, N M Woodall, I Ahmad
These guidelines provide a strategy to manage unanticipated difficulty with tracheal intubation. They are founded on published evidence. Where evidence is lacking, they have been directed by feedback from members of the Difficult Airway Society and based on expert opinion. These guidelines have been informed by advances in the understanding of crisis management; they emphasize the recognition and declaration of difficulty during airway management. A simplified, single algorithm now covers unanticipated difficulties in both routine intubation and rapid sequence induction...
December 2015: British Journal of Anaesthesia
L Chrisman, W King, K Wimble, S Cartwright, K B Mohammed, B Patel
BACKGROUND: 'Can't Intubate, Can't Oxygenate' is a rare but life threatening event. Anaesthetists must be trained and have appropriate equipment available for this. The ideal equipment is a topic of ongoing debate. To date cricothyroidotomy training for anaesthetists has concentrated on cannula techniques. However cases reported to the NAP4 audit illustrated that they were associated with a high failure rate. A recent editorial by Kristensen and colleagues suggested all anaesthetists must master a surgical technique...
August 2016: British Journal of Anaesthesia
Takashi Asai
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 2015: Anesthesiology
Jacob A Quick, Allan D MacIntyre, Stephen L Barnes
BACKGROUND: Surgical airway creation has a high potential for disaster. Conventional methods can be cumbersome and require special instruments. A simple method utilizing three steps and readily available equipment exists, but has yet to be adequately tested. OBJECTIVE: Our objective was to compare conventional cricothyroidotomy with the three-step method utilizing high-fidelity simulation. METHODS: Utilizing a high-fidelity simulator, 12 experienced flight nurses and paramedics performed both methods after a didactic lecture, simulator briefing, and demonstration of each technique...
February 2014: Journal of Emergency Medicine
W H Teoh, M S Kristensen
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 2016: British Journal of Anaesthesia
Jeong Jin Min, Gahyun Kim, Eunhee Kim, Jong-Hwan Lee
OBJECTIVES: The diagnostic validity of clinical airway assessment tests for predicting difficult laryngoscopy in patients requiring endotracheal intubation were evaluated using receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve analysis and a grey zone approach. METHODS: In this prospective observational study, patients were evaluated during a pre-anaesthetic visit. Predictive airway assessment tests (i.e. Modified Mallampati [MMT] classification; upper lip bite test [ULBT]; mouth opening; sternomental distance; thyromental distance [TMD]; neck circumference; neck mobility; height to thyromental distance [HT/TMD]; neck circumference-to-thyromental distance [NC/TMD]) were performed on each patient and LEMON, Naguib, and MACOCHA scores were also calculated...
August 2016: Journal of International Medical Research
Kotaro Sorimachi, Yuko Ono, Hideo Kobayashi, Kazuyuki Watanabe, Kazuaki Shinohara, Koji Otani
BACKGROUND: Penetrating neck injury is an important trauma subset but is relatively rare, especially when involving the posterior cervical column. Rupture of the neck restraints, including the interspinous and flavum ligaments, can create serious cervical instability that requires special consideration when managing the airway. However, no detailed information regarding airway management in patients with profound posterior neck muscle laceration and direct cervical ligament disruption by an edged weapon is yet available in the literature...
June 13, 2016: Journal of Medical Case Reports
A Timmermann, N Chrimes, C A Hagberg
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 2016: British Journal of Anaesthesia
John C Sakles, Jarrod M Mosier, Asad E Patanwala, Brittany Arcaris, John M Dicken
OBJECTIVES: The objective was to determine the effect of apneic oxygenation (AP OX) on first pass success without hypoxemia (FPS-H) in adult patients undergoing rapid sequence intubation (RSI) in the emergency department (ED). METHODS: Continuous quality improvement data were prospectively collected on all patients intubated in an academic ED from July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2015. During this period the use of AP OX was introduced and encouraged for all patients undergoing RSI in the ED...
June 2016: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
Brian E Driver, Matthew E Prekker, Johanna C Moore, Alexandra L Schick, Robert F Reardon, James R Miner
BACKGROUND: Direct laryngoscopy (DL) has long been the most common approach for emergency endotracheal intubation, although the use of video laryngoscopy (VL) is becoming more widespread. Current observational data suggest that VL has higher first-pass success, although randomized trials are lacking. OBJECTIVES: The objective was to compare first-pass success in patients undergoing emergency intubation with DL or VL using a C-MAC device. METHODS: This was an open-label, prospective, randomized, controlled trial in an academic emergency department of patients undergoing emergency intubation with a plan of DL for the first attempt...
April 2016: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
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