MICU Education

University of Pittsburgh

Airway Management

Respiratory failure is one of the most common diagnoses in intensive care unit, and majority of the patients and intubated. The ability to place a secure airway, especially in intensive care unit setting, requires and exceptional skill and knowledge.


To learn more about airway management, refer to the following presentations below:

  Airway Anatomy Before You Intubate Difficult Airways
  Laryngoscopy Medicines and Complications of Intubation  

Additional Reading

For further reading, see the following review articles:


  1. Reynolds SF1, Heffner J. Airway management of the critically ill patient: rapid-sequence intubation. Chest. 2005 Apr;127(4):1397-412.

  2. Walz JM1, Zayaruzny M, Heard SO. Airway management in critical illness. Chest. 2007 Feb;131(2):608-20.