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Special Outpatient Surgery Edition - Anesthesia - July 2018

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J U L Y 2 0 1 8 • O U T PA T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T • 9 I t's easy to anticipate intubation troubles when wheeling an obese patient with a thick neck into the OR, but physical appearance is never a guarantee of how hard an airway will be to manage. Many difficult airways are unexpected, so it's best to plan and prepare as if every patient's airway will fail. Ask yourself these 5 questions to determine if your surgical team is ready to stay calm and intubate when airway management goes from routine to risky. Carin Hagberg, MD, FASA | Houston, Texas Are You Ready to Handle Difficult Airways? Have a plan in place and needed tools on hand to solve chal- lenging intubations. • LINE OF SIGHT Video laryngoscopes provide direct views of the glottis, even in patients with challenging airway anatomy. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR

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