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VOLUME 19 , ISSUE 9 ( 2015 ) > List of Articles


Difficult airway management from Emergency Department till Intensive Care Unit

Prithwis Bhattacharyya, Debasis Pradhan

Keywords : C-MAC video laryngoscope, difficult airway, Emergency Department, Frova Intubating Introducer, ProSeal laryngeal mask airway

Citation Information : Bhattacharyya P, Pradhan D. Difficult airway management from Emergency Department till Intensive Care Unit. Indian J Crit Care Med 2015; 19 (9):557-559.

DOI: 10.4103/0972-5229.164810

License: CC BY-ND 3.0

Published Online: 01-09-2016

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2015; The Author(s).


We report a case of "can ventilate but can′t intubate" situation which was successfully managed in the Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit by the use of ProSeal laryngeal mask airway and Frova Intubating Introducer as bridging rescue devices. Use of appropriate technique while strictly following the difficult airway algorithm is the mainstay of airway management in unanticipated difficult airway situations. Although the multiple airway devices were used but each step took not more than 2 min and "don′t struggle, skip to the next step principle" was followed. With the availability of many advanced airway management tools, the intensivists should have a training and experience along with preparedness in order to perform such lifesaving airway managements.

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