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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
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.