Management of airway obstruction

J. Lynch, S. M. Crawley

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    Key points

    • Patients with airway obstruction are high risk; they should be managed by senior anaesthetic and surgical staffs that have good technical and non-technical skills.
    • There is no universal ‘best approach’ with experts often providing differing opinions on optimal management.
    • The best outcomes are achieved by the right personnel using equipment with which they are familiar and skilled, at the right time, and in the right location.
    • Holding measures are often useful, allowing time to assemble team members, gain further information, and plan airway intervention.
    • Oxygen delivery utilising high-flow nasal cannula is revolutionising airway management and should be available.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)46-51
    Number of pages6
    JournalBJA Education
    Issue number2
    Early online date1 Dec 2017
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2018

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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