Airway Obstruction

Few situations cause more anxiety than struggling to clear an obstructed airway. However, when a clinician is successful, it can also be one of the most rewarding experiences of their career - Paul Satterlee MD

Airway Obstruction

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Acute Upper Airway Obstruction

The management of acute upper airway obstruction has been modified to incorporate advances in our understanding of its pathophysiological features and causes. The traditional algorithm for management continues to call for high-flow oxygen and conservative measures, bag-mask ventilation, intubation, and, if needed, a surgical opening of the airway. Advances in anesthetic and surgical technologies appear to be improving practitioners’ ability to secure the airway in patients with acute airway obstruction.

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 Acute Upper Airway Obstruction

Acute upper airway obstruction is a life-threatening emergency and requires immediate assessment and intervention with little margin for error, making it a constant challenge for clinicians.


The outcomes for patients with airway obstruction depend on the cause. If the cause is a foreign body that has been removed, the outcomes are excellent. Airway obstruction caused by trauma, malignancy, or an infectious process may lead to delayed recovery and hypoxic brain damage

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