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Awake Tracheal Intubation – A Demonstration

Video of awake tracheal intubation demonstration.

A patient at Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospital very kindly agreed to be filmed having an awake tracheal intubation and has allowed us to share it here. In the video you will see Dr Ed Roberts, senior anaesthetic registrar, safely and swiftly performing an awake tracheal intubation: safely intubating the trachea before anaesthetising the patient.

Take a moment to watch the video and compare Ed’s technique with your own, or other awake tracheal intubations that you have seen. How do they compare? What do you think went well in this demonstration?

In the next step we will review the recently published Difficult Airway Society guidelines for awake tracheal intubation (ATI) in adults that contain a lot of guidance and tips as to how to be successful with this technique.

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