Revista Colombiana de Anestesiología
Print version ISSN 0120-3347
BONILLA R, Antonio José. Evaluación de la vía aérea en el paciente crítico. Rev. colomb. anestesiol. [online]. 2008, vol.36, n.1, pp. 39-43. ISSN 0120-3347.
Airway management (MVA) must be priority in the care of critical patients. Airway intervention is needed to assure or control the ventilation.1,2 The Airway evaluation (EVA) is a requirement, with the purpose of determining the difficulty of the orotraqueal intubation maneuver, the possible risks and complications for the physician and the patient.4,5,6,7 There is some questions with respect to EVA like part of the MVA in the intensive care units; ¿how frequently we made this evaluation?, ¿Is it a complete and suitable evaluation?, if it is thus, ¿how certain could we affirm that the evaluation can give true information to us? and ¿how trusted can we feel at the time of patient intubation? The following text has the purpose of discuss the importance of suitable attitudes and the processes to follow previously to the MVA in the critical patient.
Keywords : Difficult airway; management in critical ill patient; assement of artificial ventilation.