Society for Airway Management Ovassapian Lecture

SPE08 Society for Airway Management Ovassapian Lecture: The Airway Approach Algorithm: What Would Andy Say?
Sunday, October 12, 2014, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
William H. Rosenblatt, M.D.


There are only two entry points into the ASA's Difficult Airway Algorithm – awake intubation and intubation after the induction of anesthesia. But how does the clinician choose between the two? Some guidance is provided by the guidelines of the ASA Task Force on Difficult Airway. But can the information gleaned from the recommended preoperative assessment be organized in a manner that requires the practitioner to self-assess his or her own skills and experience? In the Ovassapian Lecture, “What Would Andy Say?” the speaker will describe the organization of preoperative information and the clinician's self-assessment, with the goal of choosing a safe algorithm entry. The wit and wisdom of the late task force member Andranik Ovassapian, M.D. will be channeled as the speaker questions the relevance of this approach.


William H. Rosenblatt, M.D. is Professor of Anesthesiology, Yale University School of Medicine.