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Rebuttal From Dr WalzRebuttal From Dr Walz

J. Matthias Walz, MD, FCCP
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From the Department of Anesthesiology, Division of Critical Care Medicine, UMass Memorial Medical Center.

Correspondence to: J. Matthias Walz, MD, FCCP, Department of Anesthesiology, Division of Critical Care Medicine, UMass Memorial Medical Center, 55 Lake Ave N, Worcester, MA 01655; e-mail: matthias.walz@umassmemorial.org


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Chest. 2012;142(6):1377-1378. doi:10.1378/chest.12-2195
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A critical appraisal of the current literature on airway management in critically ill patients as provided by Dr Doerschug1 highlights the need to differentiate complications encountered by the health-care team into two categories: (1) technical complications directly related to the process of tracheal intubation and (2) critical care airway management-related complications in a broader sense. As far as the process of tracheal intubation is concerned, it is obvious that experience predicts the provider’s technical performance; current data suggest that rates of technical complications related to emergency endotracheal intubations (EEIs) are different between nonanesthesia and anesthesia providers and that involvement of an anesthesiologist is clearly part of the solution to decrease EEI-related complications. The required skill set for EEI needs to be acquired in real-life scenarios because even high-fidelity patient simulators and airway trainers do not reflect the upper airway anatomy of actual patients.2 They may complement but not replace experience gathered on humans, which poses challenges to nonanesthesia specialties.

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