I hope you manage to stay well and healthy and are still able to get to some reading done in this crazy year. Flexible endoscopic intubation has been praised as the standard technique for expected difficult intubations by numerous international guidelines. Current literature suggests that this is an easy technique with a high success rate and low complication rate. However, having taught flexible endoscopic intubations at workshop skill stations throughout the world, I found that anesthesiologists' skills in this technique are often inadequate. There seems a significant disconnect between published literature and clinical reality.
In this month's manuscript, Dr. Grange et al. examined the experience with flexible intubation in the UK. They show what others already knew: one of the critical skills in anesthesiology is not as frequently used as it should be, the complication rate does not seem to match the published data.
Enjoy the read in the EAMS journal TACC!
Article of the Month
Dear colleagues and airway enthusiast