Costs that would be incurred in establishing “difficult airway register” could be better spentBMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7069.1399b (Published 30 November 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1399
- Edmund Morris,
- Antony Osborne,
- Claire Jewkes
- Senior house officer Registrar Consultant Department of Anaesthetics, Frenchay Hospital, Bristol BS16 1LE
EDITOR,—J B Liban proposes that a national “difficult airway register” should be established to identify and store information on those patients in whom airway management has been problematic.1 Several points should be considered before such a scheme is proceeded with.
Liban states that “about 41% of all deaths attributable to anaesthesia are related to difficulties with endotracheal intubation.” These data, from the confidential inquiries into maternal deaths, refer only to …