Management of Critically Ill Head and Neck Surgical Patients

Part of the Head and Neck Cancer Clinics book series (HNCC)


Head and neck surgery has made tremendous advances during the past 50 years. These advances have led to increasing specialization and offering of complex surgical therapy to high-risk individuals, such that many head and neck patients now require critical care inputs as a key component of their care. The complex anatomy, rich vasculature and proximity to structures within a narrow space predispose patients to serious complications from infectious and non-infectious processes in the perioperative period. Yet, in spite of its importance, critical care literature on the topic has remained agonizingly sparse. The last substantial review was undertaken in 2003 [1].


Intensive Care Unit Surgical Site Infection Intensive Care Unit Patient Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Extubation Failure 
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  1. 1.Department Intensive Care UnitWestmead HospitalSydneyAustralia

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