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Airway Management

  • L. Jill Krasner
  • Neil W. Brister

Abstract

Respiratory distress or disease may be a cause for a patient’s admission to an intensive care unit (ICU). Reducing the work of breathing and providing supplemental oxygen for other systems such as the cardiovascular system is an integral part of critical care. Airway management is thus a central part of patient care and treatment. Before addressing the need to intubate for mechanical ventilation to support a patient’s pulmonary system, it is important to review some concepts of respiratory function. The basic elements to evaluate are oxygen delivery and exchange and the work of breathing and ventilation.

Keywords

Endotracheal Tube Airway Management Laryngeal Mask Airway Difficult Airway Difficult Intubation 
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  • L. Jill Krasner
  • Neil W. Brister

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