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Two case reports of unexpected tracheal agenesis in the neonate: 3 C's beyond algorithms for difficult airway management


Grass, Beate; Simma, Leopold; Reinehr, Michael; Zimmermann, Urs; Gysin, Claudine; Henze, Georg; Cannizzaro, Vincenzo (2017). Two case reports of unexpected tracheal agenesis in the neonate: 3 C's beyond algorithms for difficult airway management. BMC Pediatrics, 17(1):49.

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Background: Handling neonates with postnatal respiratory failure due to congenital airway malformations implies knowledge about emergency management of unexpected difficult airway. In these stressful situations both technical and communication skills of the caretakers are essential.
Case presentation: Two cases with prenatally unknown tracheal agenesis are reported.
Conclusion: In the presented cases, airway malformation and subsequent difficulties upon endotracheal intubation were not adequately communicated between caretakers. We discuss the aspects of culture, communication, and capnography.

Abstract

Background: Handling neonates with postnatal respiratory failure due to congenital airway malformations implies knowledge about emergency management of unexpected difficult airway. In these stressful situations both technical and communication skills of the caretakers are essential.
Case presentation: Two cases with prenatally unknown tracheal agenesis are reported.
Conclusion: In the presented cases, airway malformation and subsequent difficulties upon endotracheal intubation were not adequately communicated between caretakers. We discuss the aspects of culture, communication, and capnography.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Children's Hospital Zurich > Medical Clinic
04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Institute of Pathology and Molecular Pathology
04 Faculty of Medicine > University Children's Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Surgery
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:8 February 2017
Deposited On:13 Jun 2017 12:54
Last Modified:19 Feb 2018 08:01
Publisher:BioMed Central
ISSN:1471-2431
OA Status:Gold
Free access at:PubMed ID. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1186/s12887-017-0806-z
PubMed ID:28178944

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