Can airway complications following multilevel anterior cervical surgery be avoided?

@article{Epstein2001CanAC,
  title={Can airway complications following multilevel anterior cervical surgery be avoided?},
  author={Nancy Ellen Epstein and Rosalind Hollingsworth and Diego Nardi and Joachim Singer},
  journal={Journal of neurosurgery},
  year={2001},
  volume={94 2 Suppl},
  pages={185-8}
}
OBJECT The authors conducted a study to determine how to avoid emergency postoperative reintubation and its associated morbidity in patients who have undergone multilevel anterior-posterior cervical spine surgery. METHODS In a group effort between the departments of anesthesia and neurosurgery, a protocol was developed to avoid having to reintubate patients postoperatively. As a preventative measure, patients remained intubated overnight; on the 1st postoperative day or thereafter, based on… CONTINUE READING