Difficult Ventilation: The inability of an experienced provider to maintain oxygen saturation greater than 90% in a patient who had normal oxygen saturation prior to induction of anesthesia.
Difficult Laryngoscopy: The inability of an experienced provider to visualize the vocal cords in a patient in multiple attempts at standard laryngoscopy.
Difficult Intubation: The inability of an experienced provider to place an endotracheal tube in a patient’s trachea.
Emergent Airway: The transition point at which a patient’s oxygen saturation becomes difficult or impossible to maintain above 90% during an intubation or procedure.
Each time a patient endures a trauma, develops respiratory distress, or undergoes an anesthetic for a surgical procedure, there is a very real, yet generally small chance that the process of securing a tube in the patient’s trachea becomes...
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