Management of the trauma patient’s airway – pearls and pitfalls

How Do I Adequately Assess the Airway?

The LEMON mnemonic is one of the most commonly utilized airway assessment tools, and is recommended by the most recent Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) guidelines.

Which Trauma Patients Should I Intubate?

  • Airway protection
  • Oxygenation
  • Ventilation
  • Preoperative management (i.e. patients with painful injuries or undergoing painful procedures before non-emergent operation)

 

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