oa Southern African Journal of Anaesthesia and Analgesia - The hazards of airway surgery : nurses refresher course
|Article Title||The hazards of airway surgery : nurses refresher course|
|© Publisher:||Medpharm Publications|
|Journal||Southern African Journal of Anaesthesia and Analgesia|
|Author||E. H. Welch|
|Publication Date||Jan 2013|
|Pages||52 - 54|
|Keyword(s)||Airway surgery and Hazards|
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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