Anticipation of the Difficult Airway: the Preoperative Airway Assessment Form

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The University of Texas System (UT)

Status

Completed

Conditions

Endotracheal Intubation Risk Assessment

Treatments

Other: Preoperative assessment form

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other

Identifiers

NCT01037374
07-0144

Details and patient eligibility

About

The purpose of this study is to see if our experimental preoperative airway assessment form is a better indicator of difficult airway as compared to the anesthesia record that is presently used.

Full description

Predicting difficult airway continues to be problematic for even the most seasoned of anesthesiologists. In our study, the resident class will be our sample population. The residents will be randomly assigned into two groups: the experimental group will be utilizing the new preoperative airway assessment form and the control group will be utilizing the standard anesthesia record. Simultaneously, a subset of our anesthesia experts will also be assessing patients preoperatively. The five areas of difficult airway management will be considered: difficult mask ventilation, difficult supraglottic airway, difficult laryngoscopy, difficult intubation, and difficult surgical airway. According to the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the incidence of intubation has remained stable throughout the 1980s and 1990s despite attempts to predict its occurrence. Many of these cases were considered to be preventable; therefore, a better prediction of and preparation for difficult airway management may lead to a reduction in adverse events.

Enrollment

89 patients

Sex

All

Ages

18+ years old

Volunteers

No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

* CA-1, CA-2, and CA-3 anesthesiology residents starting from July 2008-July 2010

Exclusion criteria

* the same anesthesiology residents who are working with patients 17 and younger, patients who are already intubated, and patients undergoing emergent surgery.

Trial design

Primary purpose

Diagnostic

Allocation

Randomized

Interventional model

Parallel Assignment

Masking

None (Open label)

89 participants in 1 patient group

Difficult Airway Assessment Form
Experimental group
Treatment:
Other: Preoperative assessment form

Trial contacts and locations

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