Ep 224: ASA 2022 Difficult Airway Algorithm Update

 

Check out the timestamps below to help you navigate through the many topics we discussed.

On This Episode:

The American Society of Anesthetists initially released the Difficult Airway Algorithm in 1993 to provide a guide for managing a patient with a difficult airway. It has been updated every 10 years since with the fourth iteration being released in January 2022.

The latest update has a number of key changes that Jeremy and Sass will take you through in this episode of the podcast. You’ll notice that the Algorithm is much more practical and easier to use in an emergency. Overall there’s been a massive emphasis placed on situational awareness and limiting attempts, and for the first time, there are guidelines for pediatric difficult airways.

Here are some of the things you’ll learn on this show:

  • The updates to the algorithm that you should be aware of. [2:21]
  • The most important changes in this fourth iteration. [3:14]
  • Why airway management might not be safer today than it’s been in the past. [6:15]
  • Intubation awake vs after induction. [9:17]
  • Providing oxygen throughout airway management. [12:54]
  • An update on capnography. [15:20]
  • A greater emphasis on the passage of time. [16:09]
  • Combination techniques. [19:01]
  • Follow-up care suggestions. [20:38]

Check out the interview at the top of the page and use the timestamps to help you navigate through the many topics we discussed.

 


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