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Adult difficult airway equipment in the emergency department
  1. Wei Shyan Siow,
  2. Dominic Sacco
  1. Department of Anesthesia, Croydon University Hospital, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Dominic Sacco, Department of Anesthesia, Croydon University Hospital, London Road, London CR7 7YE, UK; dfsacco{at}

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The Fourth National Audit Project by the Royal College of Anaesthetists revealed a significant number of major airway events in the emergency department (ED), a third of which resulted in death or severe neurological damage.1 This was due to repeated inadequacies in care including the planning and provision of airway equipment. The Royal College of Anaesthetists recommends that difficult airway equipment immediately available …

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