AIRWAY VISUALIZATION: EYES SEE WHAT MIND KNOWS - Download this document for free, or read online. Document in PDF available to download.

Acta clinica Croatica, Vol.55 No.Supplement 1 March 2016. -

Airway management is basic for anesthesia practice, and sometimes it can represent a really dramatic scenario for both the patient and the physicians. Laryngoscopy has been the gold standard of airway visualization for more than 60 years, showing its limitations and failure rates with time. New technology has made available an opportunity to move the physician’s eye inside patient airways thanks to video laryngoscopy and video assisted airway management technique. Undoubtedly, we have entered a new era of high resolution airway visualization and different approach in airway instrumentation. Nevertheless, each new technology needs time to be tested and considered reliable, and pitfalls and limitations may come out with careful and long lasting analysis, so it is probably not the right time yet to promote video assisted approach as a new gold standard for airway visualization, despite the fact that it certainly offers some new prospects. In any case, whatever the visualization approach, no patient dies because of missed airway visualization or failed intubation, but due to failed ventilation, which remains without doubt the gold standard of any patient safety goal and airway management technique.

Laryngoscopy; Video Recording; Intubation, Intratracheal; Education, Medical

Author: Massimiliano Sorbello - Giulio Frova - Ivana Zdravković -



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