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  1. Stacy Turner says:

    Having had the dubious pleasure of performing my first surgical airway this year, here are some of my take-home points:
    1. Preparation is key – if you haven’t thought about a surgical airway, haven’t palpated the anatomy and/or haven’t checked your kit, you won’t get the airway secured in time.
    2. There will be blood – so i) wear protection ii) think of this as a tactile procedure after the first incision – practice doing it with your eyes shut/blindfolded.
    3. The biggest hurdle is mental – think about a surgical airway before you proceed down any airway intervention and discuss it with your team. Give yourself permission to move to a “Plan D” if Plans A, B & C haven’t worked. Once you begin the procedure, the technical skill is relatively easy.

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