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Clin Chest Med. 2001 Jun;22(2):281-99.

The flexible bronchoscope. A tool for anesthesiologists.

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Airway Study and Training Center, Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA.


Fiberoptic intubation is the technique of choice in management of a difficult intubation. It should be a first choice, not a last resort after attempts with conventional techniques have failed. It should be mastered by all physicians involved in airway management. The technique is cost-effective because it avoids airway trauma and cancellation of surgical cases because of failed intubation. The flexible bronchoscope for airway management as a diagnostic, therapeutic, and problem-solving tool is not used to the degree that it deserves. Anesthesiologists and other critical care physicians should master the technique and use it on a daily basis. The widespread use of the instrument for airway management deserves encouragement.

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