Airway management in severely obese children requires familiarity with the equipment and techniques used for establishing a patent airway. Normal anatomic landmarks are obscured in these patients, making assessment a challenge. Therapy should be individualized, and because the airway is marginal in many of these patients, small insults, such as respiratory tract infection or loss of muscle tone during sleep, can result in a perilous airway. Pediatric airway charts should be maintained and reviewed frequently in emergency departments and clinics caring for these patients. Currently, the body of literature devoted to airway management in obese children is small. Inconsistencies in parameters make comparison of studies difficult. Continued, consistent reporting of airway-management issues in these patients is needed.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Pediatric Clinics of North America|
|State||Published - 2001|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health