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October 21, 1988

Principles of Airway Management

Author Affiliations

Northwestern University Medical Center Columbus Hospital Chicago

Northwestern University Medical Center Columbus Hospital Chicago

JAMA. 1988;260(15):2305-2306. doi:10.1001/jama.1988.03410150153055

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Airway management remains an insufficiently mastered skill among many groups of physicians. The necessary experience during residency tends to accrue to those training in anesthesiology. Residents in other specialties are too often left to acquire these life-sustaining faculties during one month or less of intubating patients under optimal conditions with the immediate supervision of an experienced anesthesiologist. They may not be prepared for what awaits in the more acute setting.

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