Features  |   August 2013
Airway Management in Ambulatory Anesthesia
Author Affiliations
  • Michael T. Walsh, M.D.
    Committee on Ambulatory Surgical Care
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Airway Management / Ambulatory Anesthesia / Features
Features   |   August 2013
Airway Management in Ambulatory Anesthesia
ASA Monitor 08 2013, Vol.77, 14-16.
ASA Monitor 08 2013, Vol.77, 14-16.
Fifteen years ago, I left my practice in academic anesthesia to help open and run a small ambulatory surgery center (ASC). By small, I mean two operating rooms. In the beginning, I was often the only anesthesiologist (or anesthesia provider) in the building. I still remember the mix of excitement and trepidation that greeted those early days. I was confident in my abilities but worried about the lack of help should an emergency arise. I was particularly concerned about airway emergencies as they were/are the leading cause of anesthesia-related serious morbidity and mortality. It didn’t help my angst that the first step in the ASA Difficult Airway Algorithm when encountering an airway emergency was “Call for help.”
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