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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 439-441

Emergent airway management in blunt tracheal trauma: A novel use of the mini-tracheostomy kit

1 Department of Anaesthesia and Critical Care, Tata Main Hospital, Jamshedpur, Jharkhand, India
2 Chief of Medical Indoor Services, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Tata Main Hospital, Jamshedpur, Jharkhand, India

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Dr. Seelora Sahu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_865_19

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Aim: To report and discuss a novel way of managing the airway in a difficult case of anterior tracheal wall disruption caused by blunt trauma to the neck. Background: Tracheal injury resulting in laceration of the windpipe may present with either one or many of the multitude of problems such as respiratory distress, hoarseness of voice and subcutaneous emphysema. Most often it requires surgical intervention. Case Description: We hereby present the novel use of a mini-tracheostomy kit as an aid in the cannot-intubate-cannot-ventilate situation of a 30-year-old patient presenting with severe features of blunt tracheal injury. The airway was established critically with the use of the mini-tracheostomy kit in a “cannot-intubate-cannot-ventilate” situation during surgical tracheostomy and a potentially disastrous cardiorespiratory arrest situation was averted. Conclusion: Timely presence of airway equipment, adequate preparation, a willingness to innovate and a team approach are of paramount importance in dealing with difficult airway situations that are presented in myriad and complex ways. Clinical Significance: The stylet of mini-tracheostomy kit can be used in emergent airway management especially in clinical situations mimicking ours specifically as a guide for insertion of the standard tracheostomy tube.

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