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TableĀ 2 Reasons for difficult intubation

From: The difficult airway in the emergency department

Reasons for difficulty No. %
Anterior larynx 38 40.9
Neck immobility 22 23.7
Secretions and blood 14 15.1
Small mouth < 3 fingerbreadths 13 14.0
Obesity 10 10.8
Incomplete frontal dentition 8 8.6
Airway oedema 8 8.6
Oral obstruction (tumour, mechanical obstruction) 7 7.5
Maxillofacial trauma 4 4.3
Combativeness 2 2.2