Article of the Month


Dear colleagues and airway enthusiast 
The European Airway Management Society is introducing a new feature – Article of the Month. 
This is designed to provide an opportunity to our members to highlight and share airway related topics and to open discussion forums in order to share clinical experience for the benefit of all EAMS members. 
The Article of the Month will be made available via the EAMS website and is going to be accompanied by a short text (up to 200 words) explaining why is this article being selected. 
EAMS members with login to will have access to the articles as full-text PDF's.
We would like to encourage our members to propose articles of the month. The short text accompanying the article will also be made available on line with full acknowledgement of the author who proposed the article. 
The final decision to go on-line will be taken by the EAMS Board of Directors. 

Best regards 
R. Tino Greif 
President of the European Airway Management Society


Dear airway enthusiastic friends,
Although there are many articles related to airway management in this time of COVID -19 era, my interested turned to a bit different choice to share with you- of course related to what I know best: Obese Airway management. It refers to not one but to two correspondences in BJA, related to airway trauma in critically ill obese patients due to COVID-19 .

1.Tracheal trauma after difficult airway management in morbidly obese patients with COVID-19

2.Tracheal introducers and airway trauma COVID-19.

As we face the new worldwide pandemic of COVID-19, it was clearly suggested that a serious potential risk factor for infection development with severe disease progression is obesity. Simonnet et al mentioned that approximately 85% of patients with obesity required mechanical ventilation and   other preliminary data from New York City showed that obesity (BMI>40 kg/m2) is the second strongest independent predictor of hospitalization, after old age (preprint by Petrilli et al.)

The first paper  exemplified  that patients with severe obesity with a typical presentation of SARS-CoV-2 infection, requiring invasive ventilationafter failing noninvasive oxygen therapy presented difficult tracheal intubation and the use of a bougie probably induced tracheal trauma thereby worsening the respiratory condition and leading to urgent ECMO.

The second paper has come on behalf of  the airway experts as a response to the first paper and give advice about the optimising oxygen delivery before intubation to allow more controlled airway management  especially in hypoxaemic obese patients. The likelihood of successful tracheal bougie placement with a Grade IV laryngeal view is quite low, whereas the risk of airway trauma as a result of blind bougie insertion is significant, so that use of a bougie in such a scenario is considered contraindicated.

The appropriate use  of this simple device remains a precious adjunct for airway management  in conjunction with direct or video-laryngoscopy, especially in difficult airway management patients such as obese patients.

Please enjoy!

Dani Godoroja

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