Costs that would be incurred in establishing “difficult airway register” could be better spent

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7069.1399b (Published 30 November 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1399
  1. Edmund Morris,
  2. Antony Osborne,
  3. Claire Jewkes
  1. 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 …

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