Article of the Month
Dear colleagues and airway enthusiast
Dear Airway Enthusiasts
This month's article is a Cohrane review and coming from the president: Prof. Greif. The unanticipated difficult airway is a potentially life-threatening event during anaesthesia or acute conditions. An unsuccessfully managed upper airway is associated with serious morbidity and mortality. Several bedside screening tests are used in clinical practice to identify those at high risk of difficult airway. Their accuracy and benefit however, remains unclear.
The objective of this review is to characterize and compare the diagnostic accuracy of the Mallampati classification and other commonly used airway examination tests for assessing the physical status of the airway in adult patients with no apparent anatomical airway abnormalities.
Roth D, Pace NL, Lee A, Hovhannisyan K, Warenits AM, Arrich J, Herkner H.Roth D, Pace NL, Lee A, Hovhannisyan K, Warenits AM, Arrich J, Herkner H: Airway physical examination tests for detection of difficult airway management in apparently normal adult patient. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2018, Issue 5.