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Emerg Med Clin North Am ; 39(3): 493-508, 2021 Aug.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1262904


Anatomically, the airway is ever changing in size, anteroposterior alignment, and point of most narrow dimension. Special considerations regarding obesity, chronic and acute illness, underlying developmental abnormalities, and age can all affect preparation and intervention toward securing a definitive airway. Mechanical ventilation strategies should focus on limiting peak inspiratory pressures and optimizing lung protective tidal volumes. Emergency physicians should work toward minimizing risk of peri-intubation hypoxemia and arrest. With review of anatomic and physiologic principles in the setting of a practical approach toward evaluating and managing distress and failure, emergency physicians can successfully manage critical pediatric airway encounters.

Respiratory Distress Syndrome/therapy , Respiratory Insufficiency/therapy , Airway Management , COVID-19/therapy , Child , Craniofacial Abnormalities/complications , Critical Care , Equipment Design , Functional Residual Capacity , Heart Arrest/therapy , Humans , Hypnotics and Sedatives/therapeutic use , Intubation, Intratracheal/methods , Laryngoscopes , Laryngoscopy/methods , Larynx/anatomy & histology , Neuromuscular Diseases/therapy , Noninvasive Ventilation , Oxygen Inhalation Therapy , Pediatric Emergency Medicine , Pediatric Obesity/complications , Positive-Pressure Respiration , Video Recording