Article of the Month
Dear colleagues and airway enthusiast
Dear EAMS members,
This month’s article is from Lorenz Theiler, you will actually find 2 articles attached.
Both articles should be enlightening as they reflect this year’s European Airway Congress: From the past to the future of airway management
The first article is the classic paper by Cormack and Lehane. When you read the 1984 article carefully, you will realize that, yes, the authors do mention the four grades of the best view obtained in direct laryngoscopy. But in its core, the article is about teaching airway management. Because difficulties in airway management are rarely encountered, we have to make up for it by actively teaching it all the time. Cormack and Lehane are doing a great job in transferring this message.
The second article is another classic. Magill’s paper about airway management, dated 1930. When I read his thoughts, I was not surprised how much has changed in the last ninety years, but instead I was awed by the fact that much stayed the same. I realized many believes we have about airway management are in fact just that: believes. They come from another time, driven by circumstances very different from today. It might be worth thinking about this, and constantly keep reflecting whether our actions are still adequate.
Magill 1930 Techniques in Anaesthesia
Cormack Lehane 1984 Difficult tracheal intubation in obstetrics