Anesthesia-Related Issues in the ICU

  • Mark-Alan PizziniEmail author
  • Benjamin L. Rubin


The need to assess and manage airway issues is not an infrequent event in the ICU. Acute or progressive respiratory distress or respiratory failure in the decompensating patient often requires special equipment, medications, skills, and knowledge to successfully manage. The most common events that require intervention include cardiac or pulmonary events, bleeding, airway edema, hypoventilation, and hypercapnia. These events often require different skills and equipment in the treatment of the incident.


Airway management Surgical airway Fiber-optic intubation Induction agents Sedatives and analgesics Epidural pain control Patient-controlled anesthesia 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Perelman School of MedicineUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Interim Associate Chief of StaffClinical Operations Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center, United States Department of Veterans AffairsPhiladelphiaUSA
  3. 3.Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Perelman School of Medicine University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA
  4. 4.Interim Chief of AnesthesiologyCorporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center United States Department of Veterans AffairsPhiladelphiaUSA

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