Complications of awake fibreoptic intubation without sedation in 200 healthy anaesthetists attending a training course.

BACKGROUND Two hundred anaesthetists underwent airway endoscopy and attempted awake fibreoptic intubation (FOI) on a training course. Complications were recorded and each subject's response to the procedure was assessed. METHODS Topical airway local anaesthesia was produced with up to 9 mg kg(-1) of lidocaine, sedation was not used. Complications during… (More)