Essentials of Airway Management

  • C. Philip LarsonJr.
  • Richard A. Jaffe


Anesthesiologists are expected to be experts in airway management. While there are many techniques and devices available for airway management, anesthesiologists can only be skilled in a select few. This chapter describes four major techniques, which can be practiced and will resolve with rare exceptions all difficult airway problems.


Airway evaluation Bag-mask ventilation Preoxygenation Fiberoptic laryngoscopy Airway exchange catheter Extubation Cervical spine injury Videolaryngoscopy 



Video credits in Video 4.19.

Supplementary material

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Airway Management (MPEG 151602 kb)

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Plan A—Standard Endotrachial Intubation (MPEG 95252 kb)

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Plan B—Cook Catheter (MPEG 92272 kb)

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Plan B—GlideScope® (MPEG 55316 kb)

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Plan B—Cook Catheter and GlideScope® together (MPEG 57874 kb)

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Plan C (MPEG 232110 kb)

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Plan C—Tudor Williams Airway (MPEG 413106 kb)

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Fiberoptic Scope Lesson (MPEG 150694 kb)

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Aintree Catheter (MPEG 123718 kb)

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Plan D (MPEG 20064 kb)

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Other Devices for Fiberoptic Intubation (MPEG 98368 kb)

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Intubating LMA (MPEG 70718 kb)

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Air-Q LMA (MPEG 187970 kb)

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Awake Fibertopic (MPEG 363612 kb)

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Cricothyrotomy (MPEG 97276 kb)

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Nasal Fiberoptic Intubation (MPEG 204514 kb)

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Tying the tube in place (MPEG 59532 kb)

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Double Lumen Tube (MPEG 408088 kb)

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Video credits (MPEG 12746 kb)


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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Philip LarsonJr.
    • 1
  • Richard A. Jaffe
    • 2
  1. 1.David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLALos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Stanford University School of MedicineStanfordUSA

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