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 eamshq.net 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 management enthusiasts,

This month’s article of the month is Awake Tracheal Intubation Guidelines from the UK's Difficult Airway Society, published in Anaesthesia.

The authors collected all the available evidence related to awake intubation, consulted large number of the most experienced airway management enthusiasts around the world, critically appraised all of it and produced a concise and clear guidance to the best practice for conducting awake intubation. The set of flow charts and tables summarise the most clinically relevant parts of the guidelines, making the use of the guidelines easy.

The guidelines contain something for every clinician irrespective of the level of experience. The very experienced in airway management can use the guidelines to review what they do and adopt the bits that are relevant to their practice. And I can tell you that I learned a lot from the guidelines despite being an airway enthusiast for the last 30 yrs.

For the clinicians that are new to awake intubation, there is ample of useful practical advice on how to perform awake intubation with high success rate and what to do if it isn't successful.

I include my email for those who would like to discuss any aspect of the guidelines or who would like additional information – hodzovic@cardiff.ac.uk

Enjoy the read.

Iljaz Hodzovic 

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