The Obese Patient

Bradley A. Dengler*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Emergency physicians and intensivists are likely to have to deal with the critically ill obese patient more frequently. Medications are metabolized differently in obese patients than in lean patients so appropriate dosing is important to prevent over-or under sedation. Positioning the obese patient for intubation and mechanical ventilation is also different from that of the lean patient due to the effects of body habitus. An understanding of the key differences between intubation of the obese and lean patient is paramount for providing safe care and first-pass success.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntubating the Critically Ill Patient
Subtitle of host publicationA Step-by-Step Guide for Success in the ED and ICU
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9783030568139
ISBN (Print)9783030568122
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Difficult airway
  • Intubation
  • Morbidly obese
  • Obesity


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