Peering Over the Ether Screen  |   July 2020
Airway Management in 2020: Different and Scarier
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Peering Over the Ether Screen   |   July 2020
Airway Management in 2020: Different and Scarier
ASA Monitor 7 2020, Vol.84, 25.
ASA Monitor 7 2020, Vol.84, 25.
It's early May in Los Angeles, and dystopian reality is here – storefronts boarded up; people (if they are out at all) wearing sinister-looking black facemasks. Inside the hospital, everyone wears a mask all the time, no one gathers in clusters to chat, and even the tail-wagging therapy dogs must be sheltering at home because they are nowhere to be seen.
One change I didn't see coming was a metamorphosis in airway management.
Guidelines developed for the intubation of COVID-19 patients are evolving into the new normal whether a patient is infected or not. This is even more remarkable since anesthesiologists consider ourselves experts in airway management, and many of us (how can I put this kindly?) hold firmly to our opinions. Who would have thought old habits could change? But airway management this year is different and scarier. Remember when we did not think of it as hazardous duty?
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