Medic Alert UK should start new section for patients with a difficult airwayBMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7054.425 (Published 17 August 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:425
- J B Liban
- Consultant anaesthetist Department of Anaesthesia, St George's Hospital, London SW17 0QT
EDITOR,—The Medic Alert Foundation is a worldwide charitable and voluntary organisation dedicated to disseminating information to doctors about potential hazards for individual patients. In anaesthesia its greatest contribution is to warn anaesthetists that a patient has a life threatening reaction to a drug, so that the drug can be avoided.
An unsuspected difficult airway can be life threatening in patients presenting for general anaesthesia. According to one survey, almost …