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Queasy Feeling - April 2017 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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9 6 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • A P R I L 2 0 1 7 T hey say anesthesia is 99% boredom and 1% sheer terror. "When confronted with a difficult airway, things can get hairy and scary fast," says Melanie Susi, CRNA, of Cape Regional Medical Center in Cape May Court House, N.J. Here are 12 practical pearls to help you manage difficult airways so that near-catastrophes stay just that. 1. They're difficult to predict. A 2015 PubMed study revealed that 93% of 3,391 difficult intubations were unanticipated. And when difficult intubations were predicted? They happened only in 25% of cases. "It's possible that everything looks good upon examination, but as soon as you get in, problems arise," says Ms. Susi. "It's important to remember that even the most unlikely patient can be the victim of an They can be difficult to predict and frightening to manage. Here's what you need to keep in mind. Diane Stopyra | Contributing Editor 12 Things You Don't Know About Airway Emergencies • GUESS GAME Nine out of 10 difficult intubations are unanticipated. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN

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