Review Published: 10 Causes of Airway Complications and How To Avoid Them

Airway injuries can kill or disable your patient. In this article, I discuss some airway complications that I, and my colleagues, experienced that were far more serious than cut lips and chipped teeth.By raising your awareness of risk, you better protect your patients from harm. Read More …

P/F Ratio Explained — Monitoring The COVID-19 Patient

P/F ratio and associated respiratory physiology explained in easy terms. How to use P/F to estimate the severity of hypoxemia and trend progression of respiratory failure in COVID-19/ARDS — even if formal blood gas determination is not readily available. #FOAMED Read More …

“Anyone Can Intubate” eBook Available At Cost During Pandemic

The ebook version of “Anyone Can Intubate: A Step By Step Guide to Intubation and Airway Management” is now available at cost on the Amazon.com platform during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More …

COVID-19 Intubation: Protect Yourself

Healthcare workers are at high risk of infection from respiratory illness during intubation and other aerosol generating activity. Article discusses risk and strategies to improve personal safety. Contains links to helpful on-line materials. Read More …

Decision-Making: Airway Abscess In A Child

The practice of anesthesia requires development of good decision-making processes, in addition to remembering knowledge and learning skills. This article explores the decision process that was used for a case of securing the airway in a young child with a large airway abscess. Read More …

Intubating With A Pediatric GlideScope

Intubating an infant or young child with a GlideScope requires age specific blades and modified technique because the anatomy of infants and toddlers differs from adults. This article discusses the modification of technique to improve successful pediatric intubation with the GlideScope. Read More …

How To Open The Airway

How to open the airway is an essential skill that every health provider should know. Of all the airway skills, it’s the easiest to master and the most likely to save lives in respiratory distress and failure. This article details recognizing airway obstruction, techniques to open the airway, and insertion of Read More …

Learning Intubation: A Beginners Guide

To learn intubation in addition to learning the physical steps, you need to understand why you’re doing those steps. This article will explain how to perform the steps of intubation, as well as the rationale behind them. Links to other articles on intubation technique appear both in the body of the text as well as repeated as a list at the end. Read More …

First Pass Intubation: When You Can’t See The Cords

Failure to see the cords on first pass intubation occurs about 10% of the time. This article describes the thought process behind the next steps for approaching the next intubation attempts. Read More …

Airway Management Review Article Published: 10 Common Pediatric Airway Problems — And Their Solutions

My review article has just been published in Anesthesiology News: 10 Common Pediatric airway Problems — And Their Solutions. The trend to only use pediatric providers has a seriously negative unintended consequence: It deprives other providers of routinely caring for children, making them less prepared for when they do inevitably have to care for a small child. This reviews the most important pediatric airway differences. Read More …

To Open The Airway, Optimally Position The Head and Neck

Discussion of how to open an airway using lateral neck X-rays to demonstrate how positioning the head and neck can either open or obstruct the airway. Read More …

Preventing Airway Emergencies

I’m in Egypt at the 35th International Conference Egyptian Anesthesia 2019. I was given the great honor of presenting my article on the 10 Rules For Approaching Difficult Intubation: Always Prepare For Failure. Preparation, Decision Making, Teamwork and Communication are key to preventing airway emergencies. Read More …

Pediatric Airway Risks: Inefficient Mechanics of Breathing

In many ways pediatric anatomy and physiology predisposes a child to respiratory distress and respiratory failure. Inefficient mechanics of breathing is one major risk factor for infants and young children. This article discusses the ways the anatomy of a child creates inefficient mechanics of breathing and predisposes to respiratory distress and failure. Read More …

ETCO2: Valuable Vital Sign To Assess Perfusion

We routinely use ETCO2 to provide information on ventilation. But ETCO2 can also provide valuable information on the adequacy of cardiac perfusion. It can be an essential tool in ensuring optimal, high quality chest compressions during cardiac resuscitation. Read More …

# 1 Review Article for Anesthesiology News 2018: 10 Rules for Approaching Difficult Intubation by Christine Whitten

And the numbers are in, my review article for Anesthesiology News was actually THE MOST viewed article on the site for the whole year! The link for the article is included. Please feel free to share.
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Conscious Sedation: Is Your Patient Breathing?

Conscious sedation can alter respiration, which can lead to the vicious cycle of hypoventilation, hypercarbia, and hypoxia. If you don’t recognize inadequate respiration —and treat it— the patient can suffer injury or die. This article discusses the continuum of sedation and its effect on consciousness and respiration. Read More …

The MAC Blade, The Vallecula, and the Hyoepiglottic Ligament

Intubation with the MAC blade requires precise placement of the tip of the blade in the vallecula in order to manipulate the hyoepiglottic ligament and lift the epiglottis. This discussion uses illustration, Xray, and video to demonstrate proper intubation technique. Read More …

Learning Intubation: Head Position Effects Laryngeal View

When first learning intubation,  a beginner often concentrates on memorizing the key laryngeal anatomy. This is important of course. If you can’t recognize the vocal cords, you will not be able to successfully intubate. However, even more important to learning intubation is understanding how the larynx relates to the other structures in the head and neck. In order to intubate you must manipulate those other structures to bring the larynx into view. This post uses lateral X-rays and CT scan images to help novice intubators master the anatomical relationships they must know to intubate. Read More …

Announcing My Latest Article Has Been Published: “10 Rules for Approaching Difficult Intubation”

I’m excited. My latest article, titled, “10 Rules for Approaching Difficult Intubation, Always Prepare for Failure” has just been released in the journal supplement Airway Management, published by Anesthesiology News. Managing the difficult airway is one of the most challenging, risk ridden, and downright scary clinical problems in anesthesia. The article makes the Read More …