Chief of Obstetric Anaesthesiology, Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, University Hospital Ostrava and Faculty of Medicine, University of Ostrava, Czech Republic
The risk of difficult airway management is a cause for legitimate concern for any anesthesiologist. In the case of pregnancy, these concerns are doubled, as not only the life and health of the pregnant woman is in danger but also the fetus` ones is. Therefore it is more than appropriate that any anesthesiologist should routinely and reliably perform urgent airway management in pregnancy. This algorithm offers us a real situation where it is necessary to act correctly and quickly to ensure maximal safety during airway management of a pregnant patient undergoing acute or urgent surgery. The algorithm guides us through a point by point decision-making process for a certain patient and, in a well-arranged and simple form, allows us to repeat and check the correctness of the basic procedures that we use in everyday practice.