Equipment to manage a difficult airway during anaesthesia

P. A. Baker, B. T. Flanagan, K. B. Greenland, R. Morris, H. Owen, R. H. Riley, W. B. Runciman, D. A. Scott, R. Segal, W. J. Smithies, A. F. Merry

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Airway complications are a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in anaesthesia1. Effective management of a difficult airway requires the timely availability of suitable airway equipment. The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists has recently developed guidelines for the minimum set of equipment needed for the effective management of an unexpected difficult airway (TG4 [2010] TG4 [2010] is based on expert consensus, underpinned by wide consultation and an extensive review of the available evidence, which is summarised in a Background Paper (TG4 BP [2010] TG4 [2010] will be reviewed at the end of one year and thereafter every five years or more frequently if necessary. The current paper is reproduced directly from the Background Paper (TG4 BP [2010]).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-34
Number of pages19
JournalAnaesthesia and Intensive Care
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished or Issued - Jan 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Airway equipment
  • Airway management
  • Intratracheal
  • Intubation
  • Laryngeal mask airway
  • Practice guidelines

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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