Difficult Airway Management in Adult Coronavirus Disease 2019 Patients

Statement by the Society of Airway Management

Lorraine J. Foley, MD, MBA; Felipe Urdaneta, MD; Lauren Berkow, MD, FASA; Michael F. Aziz, MD; Paul A. Baker, MBChB, MD, FANZCA; Narasimhan Jagannathan, MD, MBA; William Rosenblatt, MD; Tracey M. Straker, MD, MS, MPH, CBA; David T. Wong, MD; Carin A. Hagberg, MD


Anesth Analg. 2021;133(4):876-890. 

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Elements of the Appraisal of Guidelines Research and Evaluation (AGREE) Reporting Checklist for the dissemination of clinical practice guidelines were utilized to develop this statement.[3] A task force of 10 clinical content experts from the SAM were assembled by the Society Executive Director (L.J.F.). Each member of the task force was assigned to conduct a literature review of a clinical practice section using standard search engines (PubMed, Ovid, Google Scholar). The task force members then created a summary of the literature for each subject based on their review. Each member then assembled existing recommendations and evidence for difficult airway management in the context of known or suspected infection with COVID-19. Recommendations were then reviewed by the task force members during scheduled web-based meetings. Each recommendation was discussed among the task force members and modified as needed until unanimously approved.