Table of Contents

The Difficult Airway: Definitions and Algorithms.
The Expected Difficult Airway.
The Role of Awake Intubation.
Unanticipated Difficult Direct Laryngoscopy: Methods to Improve Its Success.
The Role of Rigid Fiberoptic Laryngoscopes.
Role of Rigid Video Laryngoscopy.
The Role of the Supraglottic Airway.
The Role of Flexible Bronchoscopy.
The Role of Optical Stylets.
The Role of the Lightwand.
Role of Retrograde Intubation.
The Role of the Combitube and Laryngeal Tube.
The Role of Transtracheal Jet Ventilation.
The Role of Surgical Airway Access.
Evaluation and Management of the Difficult Pre-Hospital Airway.
Extubation of the Difficult Airway. The Difficult Airway provides comprehensive textual and visual coverage of how to deal with patients who have expected or unexpected difficult airways. The book begins with a review of current definitions of the difficult airway, its incidence, and the evolution of algorithms to facilitate its management. The chapters that follow offer a comprehensive update on the techniques and concepts described in the American Society of Anesthesiologists' Difficult Airway Algorithm. Noted experts in each of the techniques have been recruited by the book editors to present the information. Figures throughout the book illustrate important points and procedures. This is a wonderful resource for health care professionals who are concerned with the management of the difficult airway, including anesthesiologists, intensive care physicians, emergency room physicians, nurses, and out-of-hospital first responders.