Managing Known Difficult Airways in Obstetric Patients Using a Flexible Bronchoscope and IRRIS: A Case-Illustrated Guide for Nonexpert Anesthesiologists, without Surgical Backup

Kjartan E Hannig, Rasmus W Hauritz, Christian Jessen, Jan Herzog, Anders M Grejs, Michael S Kristensen

Abstract

Pregnancy is associated with anatomical and physiological changes leading to potential difficult airway management. Some pregnant women have known difficult airways and cannot be intubated even with a hyperangulated videolaryngoscope. If neuraxial techniques are also impossible, awake tracheal intubation with a flexible bronchoscope may be one of the few available options to avoid more invasive techniques. The Infrared Red Intubation System (IRRIS) may help nonexpert anesthesiologists in such situations and may enhance the chance of successful intubation increasing safety for the mother and the fetus, especially in hospitals without the ear, nose, and throat surgical backup.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6778805
JournalCase reports in anesthesiology
Volume2021
Pages (from-to)6778805
ISSN2090-6382
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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