Category Archives: Airway management

BCheE

I found an editorial in BJA that describes an issue with succinylcholine I wasn’t really aware of. Butyrylcholinesterase (BCheE) hyperactivity. BCheE is the non-specific cholinesterase that rapidly hydrolyses succinylcholine in the blood so that only 10% of the injected drug … Continue reading






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DIRECT LARYNGOSCOPY KILLED THE VIDEO STAR?

Videolarygoscopy (VL). Brave new world. VL makes any intubation easy, and solves airway managment problems. Well, it can be a life-saver, but it also brings its own set of problems. Two new RCTs comparing VL and DL are just out. … Continue reading






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SONA – SIDE OF NECK ACCESS

How’s this for thinking outside the box in the approach to the difficult airway!? Difficult airway algorithms and advanced management options for difficult airways mostly concentrate on getting into the trachea. But what happens if getting into the trachea is … Continue reading






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OWN THE O.G.

Passing the orogastric tube can be difficult or sometimes impossible. Unfortunately a lot of patients really need their OGs and in a time-critical scenario you don’t want to spend too much time struggling with it. Here is a simple trick a senior … Continue reading






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EWWW!

I found two interesting papers in EMJ. Both recently published. If you intubate a fresh frozen cadaver and ventilate you will get a transient capnography trace very similar to a trace from a living patient. I had heard about it before but … Continue reading






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HUNGARIAN APNOEIC OXYGENATION

Apnoeic oxygenation in anaesthesia is the concept of providing oxygenation without ventilation. The idea is that even without lung expansion, oxygen will passively be dragged into the alveoli along the oxygen gradient caused by alveolar oxygen being transported away by the bloodstream. … Continue reading






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SCARY ARTERIAL AIRWAY DRAMA

Found an interesting case report in intensive care med. It describes a case where an anaesthetist found a pulsating mass in the lateral wall of the oropharynx. MR revealed the patient’s internal carotid artery was kinked, aberrant and indented way into … Continue reading






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THE STEEL WINDPIPE

We’ve read and heard many accounts of emergency surgical airways over the years. They’re always exciting, and there’s always something new to be learned. Most written accounts are very clinical, so we were thrilled about discovering this story. It’s not … Continue reading






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CODE BROWN: AHHH…THE OLD SCANCRIT SWITCHEROO…

Someone once said that ‘an esophageal intubation is no sin, but there is great sin in not recognizing such a placement‘. What’s that about? I intentionally intubate the esophagus and I demand recognition for it.






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MEGAN’S SONG

There is an important article about intubation in EMSWorld. It is about a prehospital intubation gone terribly wrong. It is essential reading for all of us who manage airways outside or inside hospitals. Read it here.






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