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Journal of Burn Care & Research:
doi: 10.1097/BCR.0b013e3181923eb4
Airway Access

Inhalation Injury and Endotracheal Intubation

Cochran, Amalia MD, FACS

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Abstract

Patients with inhalation injury frequently require mechanical ventilation. Multiple different methods of establishing and maintaining the airway, both non-surgical (endotracheal intubation) and surgical (tracheostomy), are employed. The debate over the “best” method of airway access in the patient with inhalation injury has been raging for decades. The purpose of this section of the compendium is to discuss commonly used airway access methods, including their benefits and risks, and to determine what studies are needed to help clarify which type of airway is the safest and most effective after smoke inhalation injury.

© 2009 The American Burn Association

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