Airway Management, Emergencies and the Difficult Airway

  • Irene P. Osborn
  • Andrew J. Kleinberger
  • Vivek V. Gurudutt


Modern surgical practice necessitates safe and efficient management of the airway in order to administer anesthesia in a controlled manner. It is the primary role and responsibility of the anesthesiologist to assess, secure, and monitor a patient’s airway in the perioperative setting. Although performed on a daily basis in seemingly routine fashion, unanticipated problems in airway management will be encountered by even the most skilled anesthesiologist in anywhere from 1 % to 3 % of patients undergoing general endotracheal anesthesia [1]. The effective identification of such potentially “difficult” airways should be the focus of the preoperative assessment by both surgeon and anesthesiologist in order to develop a coordinated plan of care and minimize the risk of precipitating a true airway emergency.


Airway Management Laryngeal Mask Airway Difficult Airway Difficult Intubation Fiberoptic Bronchoscope 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Irene P. Osborn
    • 1
  • Andrew J. Kleinberger
    • 2
  • Vivek V. Gurudutt
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of AnesthesiologyIcahn School of Medicine at Mount SinaiNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck SurgeryIcahn School of Medicine at Mount SinaiNew YorkUSA

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