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Airway trauma in a high patient volume academic cardiac electrophysiology laboratory center.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Anesthesia & Analgesia
0003-2999
Publisher
Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer) - Anesthesia & Analgesia
Publication Date
Volume
116
Issue
1
Pages
112–117
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1213/ANE.0b013e31826f9125
PMID: 23223101
Source
Medline

Abstract

The overall incidence of reported airway trauma was 0.7% in our study population. Tongue injury was the most common airway trauma. The cause seems to have been multifactorial; however, airway management without muscle relaxant emerged as a potential risk factor. Intubation with muscle relaxant is recommended, as is placing a soft bite block and ensuring no soft tissue is between the teeth before cardioversion.

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