Basic management of the pediatric airway

Derek S. Wheeler*

*Corresponding author for this work

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The primary goal of basic airway management is to provide support and stabilization of the airway in a timely manner. Acute airway obstruction is common in critically ill children. Early recognition and management of acute airway obstruction represents one of the basic foundations of critical care medicine. Anatomical differences between pediatric and adult patients render children more susceptible to acute airway compromise. It is therefore important to recognize and understand these differences as they may have an impact on the success of airway management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPediatric Critical Care Medicine
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 1: Care of the Critically Ill or Injured Child, Second Edition
PublisherSpringer-Verlag London Ltd
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)9781447163626
ISBN (Print)9781447163619
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Airway management
  • Airway positioning
  • Chin lift
  • Endotracheal tube
  • Nasal airway
  • Oral airway
  • Rapid sequence intubation
  • Tracheal intubation
  • Triple maneuver

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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