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Chapter 63. Documentation of Difficult and Failed Airway Management

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Which of the following about the MedicAlert® Bracelet for Difficult Airway is true?

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A. The World Federation of Societies of Anesthesia and the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck surgeons officially endorsed the MedicAlert® Foundation for Difficult Airway.

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B. The MedicAlert® Foundation developed a uniform database and specialized patient enrollment form for the Difficult Airway/Intubation category.

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C. The major objective of the MedicAlert® registry was to develop mechanisms for a uniform documentation and dissemination of critical information to maximally protect patients.

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D. The MedicAlert® Registry is currently used worldwide.

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E. All of the above.

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(E) All the statements are true. Medic Alert has a specific site on its webpage to register patients with difficult airway/intubations (www.medicalert.org/everybody/difficult-airwayintubation-registry

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Which of the following information should be documented following the management of an unanticipated difficult or failed airway?

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A. date and type of operation

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B. anatomic features of the patient on airway examination

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C. ability to ventilate using a face mask or an extraglottic device

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D. laryngoscopic view and the effectiveness of alternative intubating techniques

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E. all of the above

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(E) All the information listed is important following the management of an unanticipated difficult or failed airway.

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Following the management of an unanticipated difficult airway, the anesthesia practitioner should inform about the difficult airway to which of the following:

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A. the patient, or a family member who is the caregiver

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B. the primary care physician

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C. the attending surgeon should be informed immediately following the difficult airway encounter

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D. the MedicAlert® Difficult Airway Registry

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E. all of the above

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(E) All of the people listed, including the Medic Alert® Difficult Airway Registry should be informed.

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