Incidence of difficult airway situations during prehospital airway management by emergency physicians--a retrospective analysis of 692 consecutive patients.

@article{Thoeni2015IncidenceOD,
  title={Incidence of difficult airway situations during prehospital airway management by emergency physicians--a retrospective analysis of 692 consecutive patients.},
  author={Nils Thoeni and Tobias Piegeler and Martin Brueesch and Simon Sulser and Thorsten Haas and Stefan Markus M{\"u}ller and Burkhardt Seifert and Donat R Spahn and Kurt Ruetzler},
  journal={Resuscitation},
  year={2015},
  volume={90},
  pages={42-5}
}
INTRODUCTION In the prehospital setting, advanced airway management is challenging as it is frequently affected by facial trauma, pharyngeal obstruction or limited access to the patient and/or the patient's airway. Therefore, incidence of prehospital difficult airway management is likely to be higher compared to the in-hospital setting and success rates of advanced airway management range between 80 and 99%. METHODS 3961 patients treated by an emergency physician in Zurich, Switzerland were… CONTINUE READING
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