Traumatic injuries often necessitate ventilatory support (hence the need to control the airway) or may involve the airway itself. It is imperative to have a preset plan of action to deal with “the difficult airway” and it should be kept in mind that even if there is no direct trauma to the airway itself, the patient may have an anatomically difficult airway due to congenital factors such as micrognathia, pharyngeal tissue redundancy, and relatively enlarged tongue to oral ratio. Prior surgery can alter pharyngeal anatomy. Suspected cervical spine injury adds further difficulty.
KeywordsObstructive Sleep Apnea Endotracheal Tube Difficult Airway Cervical Spine Injury Mask Ventilation
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