Sunday, May 18, 2014

Airway management in cervical spine injury

Naola Austin, Vijay Krishnamoorthy, and Arman Dagal
Int J Crit Illn Inj Sci. 2014 Jan-Mar; 4(1): 50–56.
Overall, there is no one perfect way to manage the airway in patients with potential cervical spine injury. Providers must use their judgment and weigh various risks like spinal cord injury, aspiration, and hypoxia in each patient and  have the most experienced provider available to safely secure the airway. An airway management and anesthetic plan must be designed based on the patient, surgeon, situation urgency, and individual provider's level of expertise. 

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