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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 71-76

Surgical Airway

Department of Otolaryngology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA

Correspondence Address:
Tanya K Meyer
Harborview Medical Center, Otolaryngology Specialty Clinics, Ninth and Jefferson Building, 4th Floor, Box 359803, 908 Jefferson St., Seattle, WA 98104
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2229-5151.128016

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Close to 3% of all intubation attempts are considered difficult airways, for which a plan for a surgical airway should be considered. Our article provides an overview of the different types of surgical airways. This article provides a comprehensive review of the main types of surgical airways, relevant anatomy, necessary equipment, indications and contraindications, preparation and positioning, technique, complications, and tips for management. It is important to remember that the placement of a surgical airway is a lifesaving procedure and should be considered in any setting when one "cannot intubate, cannot ventilate".

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