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CA1- Airway Anatomy + Difficult Airway – by Dr. Balakrishna

September 10, 2019 @ 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm

Pre-reading: M&M Chapters 19
Lecture: Airway Anatomy & Difficult Airway
Content outline
  • Anatomy of the nose/mouth/pharynx/larynx including innervation
  • Evaluation and anticipation of the difficult airway
  • Approach to the difficult airway
  • Nose: How far should you insert a nasal temperature probe? Why are nosebleeds concerning and should they be managed?
  • Mouth: Which teeth (numbers) are most commonly injured with anesthesia? Which blade (Mac or Miller) will always stimulate the vagus with conventional use?
  • Larynx: How do faculty know when your blade is in the esophagus? Why does cricoid pressure help your view, and why might cricoid pressure be useful with RSIs?
  • Difficult airway: What elements of preop exam are most concerning for difficult airway? Describe an approach to managing the unexpected difficult airway.



September 10, 2019
5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
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Davison Conference Room