Patients with a Difficult Airway: Suggestions and Sample Letters

 

Patients with difficult airways should be informed of such difficulties and they should be identified in the healthcare system. Click here to read the WA Coroner's Findings and Recommendations.

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The following sample letters are reproduced with the kind permission of Dr Edward T. Crosby, Department of Anaesthesia, University of Ottawa.  See: Crosby ET, et al.  The unanticipated difficult airway with recommendations for management.  Can J Anaesth 1998; 45:757-776. The letters have been combined by Dr Tom flett, Airway Fellow at Royal Perth Hospital.

The new DIFFICULT AIRWAY Letter in Microsoft Word format may be downloaded here -> AIRWAY ALERT

The older PATIENT Letter in Microsoft Word format may be downloaded here ->

DifficultAirway_Patientletter.doc

The older PHYSICIAN Letter in Microsoft Word format may be downloaded here->

DifficultAirway_PhysicianLetter.doc

 

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