The British Journal of Anaesthesia is pleased to announce the publication of a special issue on Respiration and the Airway to coincide with WAMM 2019, the second World Airway Management Meeting in Amsterdam, 13- 16 November.
As the summer is underway, we may find time to contemplate and reflect on the issues related to anaesthesia and airway management.
To illustrate the unexpected nature of difficult airways, Pandit and Heidegger (Anaesthesia 2017; 72: 283-95) paraphrased the opening line of Tolstoy’s Ana Karenina stating that ‘all easy airways are alike, each difficult airway is difficult in its own way’.
That unexpected nature of the airway management difficulty is perhaps a good reason to read this month’s article of the month while sitting in your garden on a lazy Sunday afternoon with a glass of your favourite refreshment.
This month’s article of the month is a narrative review of the strategies for the prevention of airway complications. The article provides an excellent overview of the current evidence pointing towards potential surprises and how to avoid them. I am still working on making some of these strategies part of my routine when managing the airway. I am picking one strategy at a time and making it become a habit so I can implement it without actively thinking about whether or how.
This is a recent study from the Danish Anaesthesia Register and they looked at predictors for difficulties with facemask ventilation.
Interestingly if their score is between 6–10 points these patients need special attention as it could turn out difficult mask ventilation compared to those with lower score. Higher the risks are obvious. A clear cut off value was not to establish and their proposed score needs prospective validation in clinical practice. All in all a new attempt to solve a nearly impossible task - predicting what happens in the future but still a needed task - pre-anaesthesia evaluation to focus attention to possible problems of the patients, the process or the anaesthesia personnel which includes all of us.
Have fun in reading the article
Lundstrøm LH, Rosenstock CV, Wetterslev J, Nørskov AK: The DIFFMASK score for predicting difficult facemask ventilation: a cohort study of 46,804 patients, Anaesthesia. 2019 May 20. doi: 10.1111/anae.14701. [Epub ahead of print]
First TAT course in Portugal in the beautiful city of Braga! Amazing team work was the key to turn this experience into a wonderful moment of one and a half days.
Thanks to everyone that made that possible, especial prof. Greif (Tino) and the magnificent group of 15 students that couldn't have been better chosen...
We think that EAMS has another team to go forward!
Sofia Torrinha, Portugal
Welcome letter from the new President, Michael Seltz Kristensen
Dear EAMS member! Dear co-airway-afficionado!
It is an honour to take over this position as President of EAMS!
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It is meant to describe a European approach based on multiple inputs, discussion and best evidence, accepting different needs and resources, and based on human diversity.
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