Error traps in pediatric difficult airway management

Lisa Sohn, James Peyton, Britta S. von Ungern-Sternberg, Narasimhan Jagannathan*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Difficult airway management in children is associated with significant morbidity. This narrative review on error traps in airway management aims to highlight the common pitfalls and proposes solutions to optimize best practices for pediatric difficult airway management. We have categorized common errors of pediatric difficult airway management into three main error traps: preparation, performance, and proficiency, and present potential strategies to improve patient safety and successful tracheal intubation in infants and children with difficult airways.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1271-1275
Number of pages5
JournalPaediatric anaesthesia
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2021


  • complications
  • difficult airway
  • infants
  • morbidity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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