Transtracheal jet ventilation in management of the difficult airway

R. McHugh, M. Kumar, J. Sprung, D. Bourke

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We present the use of transtracheal jet ventilation in two uncooperative patients with a difficult airway. Although transtracheal jet ventilation is considered as a last resort option in the difficult airway algorithm, its use can be a valuable tool in selected difficult airway situations. Transtracheal jet ventilation can effectively maintain arterial oxygenation and provide extra time for attempts to intubate the trachea, either directly or fibreoptically.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)406-408
Number of pages3
JournalAnaesthesia and Intensive Care
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2007
Externally publishedYes



  • Difficult
  • Hypoxaemia
  • Tracheal intubation
  • Transtracheal catheter
  • Ventilation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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McHugh, R., Kumar, M., Sprung, J., & Bourke, D. (2007). Transtracheal jet ventilation in management of the difficult airway. Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, 35(3), 406-408.