Modern surgical practice necessitates safe and efficient management of the airway in order to administer anesthesia in a controlled manner. It is the primary role and responsibility of the anesthesiologist to assess, secure, and monitor a patient's airway in the perioperative setting. Although performed on a daily basis in seemingly routine fashion, unanticipated problems in airway management will be encountered by even the most skilled anesthesiologist in anywhere from 1 % to 3 % of patients undergoing general endotracheal anesthesia . The effective identification of such potentially difficult airways should be the focus of the preoperative assessment by both surgeon and anesthesiologist in order to develop a coordinated plan of care and minimize the risk of precipitating a true airway emergency.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Anesthesiology and Otolaryngology|
|Publisher||Springer New York|
|Number of pages||18|
|ISBN (Print)||1461441838, 9781461441830|
|State||Published - Sep 1 2013|
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