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.
|Title of host publication||Intubating the Critically Ill Patient|
|Subtitle of host publication||A Step-by-Step Guide for Success in the ED and ICU|
|Publisher||Springer International Publishing|
|Number of pages||12|
|State||Published - 1 Jan 2020|
- Difficult airway
- Morbidly obese