Evaluation of Knowledge Of The Anesthesiologists About The Available Resources For The Approach Of Difficult Airway Within The Macro-Region Of Cariri
Keywords:Difficult airway, Anesthesiologists, ASA, Intubation, Questionnaire.
Introduction: Secure the airway is essential for a safe anesthetic practice and it occurs without difficulties in most cases. However, complications resulting from a failure in the approach used for a difficult airway are the main causes of morbidity and mortality attributable to anesthesia. In an attempt to prevent its severity, it becomes imperative to try to anticipate the difficulty whenever possible. Reports show incidence of difficult airway in approximately 2% of the general population and the ASA recommends the prior identification and the use of algorithms to address this complication. Objective: The objective is to evaluate the knowledge of anesthesiologists from Cariri in relation to the available resources to handle difficult airway in hospitals where they work. Method: Cross-sectional and qualitative study with the use of a questionnaire applied to all anesthesiologists. For this evaluation, we used a questionnaire to all anesthesiologists working in 9 hospitals in the macro-region of Cariri. Results: 27 professionals answered the questionnaire. The prevalence of males was observed and 74% of anesthesiologists do not know the resources available or the protocols of the institutions in which they work. Conclusion: It is essential that the anesthesiologists also know the equipment available for an approach in the case of difficult airway in the services which they provide assistance so they can provide oxygenation to the patient in a fast and effective way, avoiding complications.
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