The Coronavirus Pandemic Highlights the Importance Of Good Practice in Airway Management

Prior to 2020, it was already well acknowledged that video laryngoscopes provide indirect visualisation of a patient’s airway to aid the correct positioning of a tube between the vocal cords and into the trachea.

The DAS (Difficult Airway Society) guidelines consistently identify the importance of the first attempt at intubation to maximize the likelihood of successful intubation at the first attempt or failing that, to limit the number and duration of attempts at laryngoscopy, to prevent airway trauma and progression to a CICO (cannot intubate, can’t oxygenate) situation.

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