Editorial Views  |   March 2018
Advancing Patient Safety in Airway Management
Author Notes
  • From the Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Oregon.
  • Corresponding article on page 502.
    Corresponding article on page 502.×
  • Accepted for publication November 29, 2017.
    Accepted for publication November 29, 2017.×
  • Address correspondence to Dr. Aziz: azizm@ohsu.edu
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Editorial Views / Airway Management / Patient Safety
Editorial Views   |   March 2018
Advancing Patient Safety in Airway Management
Anesthesiology 3 2018, Vol.128, 434-436. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000002075
Anesthesiology 3 2018, Vol.128, 434-436. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000002075
TRACHEAL intubation is a critical procedure that unites anesthesiologists as the definitive experts in the field of medicine. Not surprisingly, difficult airway management is the primary patient safety concern among anesthesiologists.1  Decades ago, the introduction of pulse oximetry and end-tidal CO2 were associated with a reduction in respiratory-related anesthetic death and brain damage.2  In this issue of Anesthesiology, Schroeder et al.3  shed light on recent trends in difficult airway management. Their findings suggest that we are making airway management safer. What remains to be studied is which advances in airway management have an impact on patient safety events.
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