As technology progresses, our clinical treatment options rise steadily. We are comfortable now with the handling of ready-to-use high-quality videolaryngoscopes and fiber optics, and there is increasing knowledge and practice that the combination of these 2 techniques has a high “rescue rate” in situations when fiber-optic intubation or videolaryngoscopic intubation fails. Therefore, we would recommend to specifically include this technique in the “difficult airway algorithm—nonemergency pathway,” so it comes routinely into mind when faced with a “can ventilate, but cannot intubate” situation that warrants intubation for the surgical operation.
From the *Department of Anesthesia, University Clinic Hamburg Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany
†Department of Anesthesia, Klinikum Bremen-Mitte, Bremen Hospital group, Bremen, Germany.
Accepted for publication May 25, 2018.
The authors declare no conflicts of interest.
Address correspondence to Ann-Kathrin Riegel, MD, Department of Anesthesia, University Clinic Hamburg Eppendorf, Martinistr 52, Hamburg, Germany. Address e-mail to AnnKathrin.Riegel@gmail.com.