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Devices for difficult endotracheal intubation in children

Brent R King, MD, MMM
Section Editor
Anne M Stack, MD
Deputy Editor
James F Wiley, II, MD, MPH


A wide range of devices have been developed to aid in the management of the difficult airway or to facilitate endotracheal intubation in adults. Many of these devices are available in sizes suitable for use in children and incorporate a variety of fiberoptic, video, optical, and mechanical technologies.

This topic will review the techniques for use of such devices for endotracheal intubation in children. The following pediatric topics on the difficult airway are presented elsewhere:

Identification of the difficult airway (see "The difficult pediatric airway")

Specific techniques for use of rescue devices (eg, laryngeal mask airway) when endotracheal intubation has failed (see "Emergency rescue devices for difficult pediatric airway management")

Needle cricothyroidotomy (see "Needle cricothyroidotomy with percutaneous transtracheal ventilation")

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