Critical language during an airway emergency: Time to rethink terminology ?
Sheila Nainan Myatra, Apeksh Patwa, Jigeeshu Vasishtha DivatiaIndian Journal of Anaesthesia 2020 64(4):275-279 Clear language should be used during emergency airway management to aid communication and understand the nature of the emergency. Unfortunately, during emergency airway management, there is no uniform language used for communication. Various difficult airway guidelines use different terminologies. Terminologies like “can't intubate, can't oxygenate” (CICO) and “can't intubate, can't ventilate” (CICV) have certain limitations. Though terminology like “Front of Neck Access” (FONA) is dominant in the literature,”emergency cricothyroidotomy” is used more often in clinical practice, suggesting a disconnect between the dominant terminology in the literature and in clinical practice. Terminology should not be used merely because it is catchy, simple and advocated by a few. It must accurately reflect the nature of the situation, convey a sense of urgency, and suggest an action sequence. An initiative to achieve consensus among existing terminologies is much needed. Leaders in the field should work towards refining airway terminology and replace poor phrases with ones that are more concise, precise and can be used universally in an airway emergency.
Publication date: Available online 7 October 2020Source: Trends in Anaesthesia and Critical CareAuthor(s): Soumya Sarkar, Anudeep Jafra, Preethy Mathew
ConclusionsIn this mannequin-based simulation study, the use of the aerosol box increased the time to intubation in some contexts but not others. Further studies in a clinical setting should be conducted to make appropriate modifications to the aerosol box to fully elicit its efficacy and safety prior to implementation in airway guidelines for managing patients with COVID-19.
LUNG TRANSPLANTATION, either single or bilateral, involves recipient pneumonectomy followed by implantation and reperfusion of the donor lung. Contemporary approaches to lung transplantation require lung isolation to assist recipient pneumonectomy and donor lung implantation.1 Single-lung transplantation requires interruption of ventilation to the side of allograft transplantation, whereas bilateral lung transplantation involves sequential one-lung ventilation (OLV) when performed without mechanical circulatory support.
Publication date: Available online 5 October 2020Source: Advances in AnesthesiaAuthor(s): Thomas E. Grissom, Ron E. Samet
We describe a case of difficult airway management in a patient with massive cervical hydatid cyst. We used a low-dose ketamine-propofol sedation and lidocaine spray for local oropharyngeal anesthesia. Muscular relaxants were not used, and spontaneous breathing was maintained during intubation. Recognition, assessment, and perioperative planning are essential for difficult airway management in patients with cervical hydatid cyst. PMID: 33004207 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
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In this report, we describe a scenario of neonate with multiple oral teratoma, cleft palate, and bifid tongue who presented with respiratory distress for surgical excision of mass. The compromised airway can be successfully managed by appropriate prior planning and effective communication between anesthesiologist and surgical team.
AbstractPurpose of ReviewSignificant morbidity is caused by hypoxemic events during procedural sedation, induction for tracheal intubation, and postoperatively after anesthesia in the postoperative care unit. Novel and advanced oxygenation techniques will be discussed to help prevent hypoxemia and improve patient outcome.Recent FindingsASA closed claims outside the operating room showed an increase in oxygen desaturation during moderate to deep sedation with no or conventional oxygenation. Non-invasive positive pressure oxygenation (NPPO) reduces the incidence of oxygen desaturation during procedural sedation, during induc...
Farah Nasreen, Mohit Prakash, Atif Khalid, Danish HushainIndian Journal of Anaesthesia 2020 64(16):245-247 Presence of intraoral pathology especially in neonates poses a great challenge during airway management. Epignathus is a rare form of teratoid tumour that arises from the oropharyngeal region. We hereby report a case of a 7-day-old neonate who presented with feeding difficulty secondary to swelling arising from the hard palate. Surgical excision was decided to overcome feeding difficulty and to enable the child to thrive better. In view of anticipated difficult airway, the child was induced with sevoflurane, maintain...