International Journal of Critical Illness and Injury Science

SYMPOSIUM: CRITICAL AIRWAY MANAGEMENT
Year
: 2014  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 50--56

Airway management in cervical spine injury


Naola Austin, Vijay Krishnamoorthy, Arman Dagal 
 Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA

Correspondence Address:
Vijay Krishnamoorthy
Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, University of Washington, Box 356540, 1959 NE Pacific Street, BB-1469, Seattle, WA 98195-6540
USA

To minimize risk of spinal cord injury, airway management providers must understand the anatomic and functional relationship between the airway, cervical column, and spinal cord. Patients with known or suspected cervical spine injury may require emergent intubation for airway protection and ventilatory support or elective intubation for surgery with or without rigid neck stabilization (i.e., halo). To provide safe and efficient care in these patients, practitioners must identify high-risk patients, be comfortable with available methods of airway adjuncts, and know how airway maneuvers, neck stabilization, and positioning affect the cervical spine. This review discusses the risks and benefits of various airway management strategies as well as specific concerns that affect patients with known or suspected cervical spine injury.


How to cite this article:
Austin N, Krishnamoorthy V, Dagal A. Airway management in cervical spine injury.Int J Crit Illn Inj Sci 2014;4:50-56


How to cite this URL:
Austin N, Krishnamoorthy V, Dagal A. Airway management in cervical spine injury. Int J Crit Illn Inj Sci [serial online] 2014 [cited 2020 Sep 26 ];4:50-56
Available from: http://www.ijciis.org/article.asp?issn=2229-5151;year=2014;volume=4;issue=1;spage=50;epage=56;aulast=Austin;type=0