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Alternative Airways for the Pediatric Emergency Department

Lee-Jayaram, Jannet J. MD; Yamamoto, Loren G. MD, MPH, MBA

doi: 10.1097/PEC.0000000000000093
CME Review Article

Securing the pediatric airway in the emergency setting is an uncommon event that is complicated by anatomic, physiologic, and environmental factors. Even more uncommonly, practitioners are faced with the added complication of a difficult airway, and the question of what alternatives to traditional endotracheal intubation are available and most useful may arise. Timely and effective intervention determines the patient’s clinical outcome. The purpose of this review was to detail specific alternative airway management strategies and tools for use in the pediatric emergency department.

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Lee-Jayaram), Professor of Pediatrics (Yamamoto), Department of Pediatrics, University of Hawai’i John A Burns School of Medicine, Emergency Department, Kapi’olani Medical Center For Women & Children, Honolulu, HI.

The authors and staff in a position to control the content of this CME activity and their spouses/life partners (if any) have disclosed that they have no financial relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial organizations pertaining to this educational activity.

Reprints Jannet J. Lee-Jayaram, MD, Department of Pediatrics, 1319 Punahou St, 7th Floor, Honolulu, HI 96826 (e-mail:

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