the literature suggests that the use of
specific strategies facilitate the intubation of the difficult airway
although the degree of benefit for any
specific strategy cannot be determined from the literature, there is
strong agreement among consultants that a preplanned strategy may lead to
preplanned strategies can be linked together to form airway management
the Task Force considers the technical and
physiologic complexity of life-threatening airway events
sufficiently similar to life-threatening cardiac events to encourage the
use of algorithms in difficult airway management
The anesthesiologist should have a preformulated strategy for intubation
of the difficult airway.
algorithm is a strategy recommended by the
Task Force (ASA).
This strategy will depend in part upon the
anticipated surgery, the condition of the patient,
and the skills and
preferences of the anesthesiologist.