oa Southern African Journal of Anaesthesia and Analgesia - The hazards of airway surgery : nurses refresher course

Volume 19, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2220-1181
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1173



Airway surgery provides a unique challenge in that the airway is shared between the anaesthetist and surgeon. Patients may experience airway obstruction, often at extremes of age, following aspiration of a foreign body by the young or tumour-related impediments in the elderly which are complicated by smoking-related heart and lung disease. The threat of hypoxia, retained carbon dioxide and complete airway obstruction is present pre-, intra- and postoperatively.

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