Validation of a simple algorithm for tracheal intubation: daily practice is the key to success in emergencies--an analysis of 13,248 intubations.

@article{Heidegger2001ValidationOA,
  title={Validation of a simple algorithm for tracheal intubation: daily practice is the key to success in emergencies--an analysis of 13,248 intubations.},
  author={Thomas Heidegger and Haus J Gerig and Bernhard Ulrich and G. Kreienb{\"u}hl},
  journal={Anesthesia and analgesia},
  year={2001},
  volume={92 2},
  pages={517-22}
}
A fundamental skill of the anesthesiologist is airway management. We validated a simple endotracheal intubation algorithm with a large proportion of fiberoptic tracheal intubations used for years in daily practice. Over 2 yr, 13,248 intubations (>90% of all intubations, including obstetrics and ear, nose, and throat patients) in a heterogeneous patient population at our acute care hospital were evaluated prospectively. About 80 physician and nurse anesthetists were involved. Once the indication… CONTINUE READING
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