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Anesth Analg. 2011 Mar;112(3):648-52. doi: 10.1213/ANE.0b013e31820a91a6.

The unanticipated difficult intubation in obstetrics.

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Department of Anesthesiology, The University of Michigan Health System, L3622 Women's Hospital, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr., SPC 5278, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5278, USA. jmmhyre@umich.ed


In this focused review, we discuss an algorithm specifically for the unanticipated difficult intubation in obstetrics. This generic algorithm emphasizes a standardized and prespecified sequence of interventions to provide safe, efficient, and effective airway management for the emergency obstetric surgical patient. Individual institutions and anesthesia providers are encouraged to use this framework to select specific pieces of equipment for each step, and to create regular opportunities for all obstetric anesthesia providers to become facile with each airway device and to integrate the algorithm under simulated conditions.

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