Digital Palpation of the Cricothyroid Membrane is Unreliable in Obese Laboring Patients
Calvin A. Brown, III, MD, FAAEM
In laboring at-term patients, palpation of the cricothyroid membrane was less accurate in obese than in nonobese patients, whereas ultrasound identified the cricothyroid membrane in all patients.
Obesity is a common marker of airway difficulty and may make a “can't intubate, can't oxygenate” scenario (and the... Read more..
No Clear Benefit of Early NPPV in Immunocmpromised Patients with Hypoxemic Respiratory Failure
Patricia Kritek, MD
Compared with oxygen therapy, noninvasive positive-pressure ventilation did not prevent subsequent intubation or lengthen survival.
In a small trial conducted in the late 1990s, early use of noninvasive positive-pressure ventilation (NPPV) conferred a mortality benefit in immunocompromised patients with hypoxemic respiratory failure (NEJM JW Emerg Med Jun... Read more..
Fiberoptic Tour of the Airway
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