Pediatric Airway: When Even Heroes Need a Hand
Elif Dilek Cakal1
1Emergency Department, Mersin City Training and Research Hospital, Turkey
A typical night in the emergency department: Emergency Medical Services (EMS) bring sick patients one after another, but you provide quality care as usual and even manage to do a few fun procedures if you are lucky; in fact, you succeed to catch some nice ultrasound images to share with your colleagues. You know that you save lives and relieve the patients' burdens: It feels good. All of a sudden, a family -screaming so loud that you even cannot grasp what happened to the boy- rushes in with their bluish two-year-old boy in his father’s arms. What now?
Let us face it: The mentioned scenario - somewhat rightfully- makes even the bravest emergency physicians lose sleep. The best remedy to be more-than-ready before it happens.
In this talk, the speaker will briefly review the anatomical and physiological differences between adult and pediatric airway, and the predictors of a difficult airway. Then, she will share the basic tips and tricks on sizing and dosing unique to children. Finally, she will discuss the latest trends and up-to-date evidence-based practice in light of the literature.