Patient Safety in Anesthesia

Ellen S. Deutsch, Tracey Straker

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Anesthesiologists and otolaryngologists share the airway in an elegant ballet that requires communication, collaboration, and mutual respect. This article addresses principles to prevent or manage challenging conditions such as airway fires, anatomically difficult airways, and post-tonsillectomy hemorrhage. Discussion includes rationales for the use of simulation and resilience engineering principles to achieve the safest patient care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalOtolaryngologic Clinics of North America
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2019



  • Airway fire
  • Difficult airway
  • Foreign body aspiration
  • Hemorrhage
  • Laryngospasm
  • Resilience engineering
  • Safety-II
  • Simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology

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