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 enthousiast:

This month's EAMS article of the month and webinar focus on critically ill patient's airway management, since the most commonly performed procedures in these patients are related with airway management, including tracheal intubation and tracheostomy. [1]

Firstly,  the “DAS Guidelines for the management of tracheal intubation in critically ill patients” [2] provide strategies to optimize oxygenation, airway management, and tracheal intubation in these patients, in all hospital locations. These guidelines stress the importance of human factors for improved outcomes of emergency airway management: the role of the airway team, a shared mental model, planning, and communication throughout airway management.

Secondly, the recently published observational multicenter:  “Intubation Practices and Adverse Peri-intubation Events in Critically Ill Patients From 29 Countries” [3] concluded that major adverse events occur frequently. The reported adverse events in patients undergoing emergency intubation are: cardiovascular instability, severe hypoxemia, and cardiac arrest. 

Furthermore, to  deepen our understanding of these adverse events, previous studies where Janz et al [4] and Russel et al [5] explore possible measures to prevent cardiovascular collapse secondary to intubation are included.

Finally, with the aim of preventing hypoxemia Casey et al [6] focus on the advantages and disadvantages of  face mask ventilation and, Jaber et al [7], discuss the preferred intubation devices in this setting.

Enjoy reading and looking forward to the webinar!

Paula Chiesa

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