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Pediatric Airway Management

Physiologically, pediatric patients have three significant differences from adults (at least when it comes to airway management); these differences should be the fundamental guides for your care:

First – Pediatric patients haven’t had a lifetime of french-fries, bacon, and deep-fried Snickers® to give them coronary artery disease. Instead, hypoxia is their main life threat.

Second – Their metabolism burns oxygen much faster than yours; ever try to keep up with a two year old?

Third – Kids are little vagal monsters. Almost anything will trigger their vagal tone.

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