Upper Airway Obstruction and Emergency Tracheostomy

Category: Emergency Club


Daniela Murgia DVM, MRCVS, Dip.ECVS
RCVS and European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

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About The Webinar

Upper airway obstruction is a common cause of morbidity in veterinary emergency and critical care medicine. There are numerous causes of upper respiratory airway disease, and the clinical signs are variable depending on the species, underlying etiology, chronicity, and severity of the airway obstruction. Although treatment varies depending on the disease process, the emergency approach is similar in all patients with upper respiratory obstruction. These animals can decompensate quickly, any additional stress could therefore be life threatening and lead to an increase in respiratory rate and oxygen requirements. If sedation and oxygen therapy fails to stabilise the patient, intubation is indicated. In the rare case in which intubation is not possible, an emergency tracheostomy should be performed to achieve patent airways. In this webinar, we will focus on the upper airway diseases of brachycephalic syndrome and laryngeal paralysis.

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