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difficult airway

ANESTHESIOLOGY

H3 18 pt A …clinical situation in which a conventionally trained anesthesiologist experiences difficulty with face mask ventilation of the upper airway, difficulty with tracheal intubation, or both‘*

H4 14 pt A more complete definition would include airway instrumentation (e.g., with supraglottic airway devices), direct tracheal access, and consideration of the airway at extubation. The difficult airway represents a complex interaction between patient factors, the clinical setting, and the skills of the practitioner.

References Anesthesiology 2003; 98:1269 –77

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/852965