Volume 6, No. 2 • Summer 1991

Difficult Airway, Part 1, Now Available

Ellison C. Pierce, Jr., M.D.

The Difficult Airway, Part One, ASA Patient Safety Videotape #15, will be available for distribution by Burroughs Wellcome in the third quarter 199 1, beginning in August. The film examines in detail development of an “algorithm for management of the difficult airway.”

The ASA Committee on Patient Safety and Risk Management’s Task Force on The Difficult Airway developed the Algorithm. Serving on the Task Force were anesthesiologists Robert A. Caplan, M.D., Chairman, Jonathan L Benumof, M.D., Michael J. Bishop, M.D, Casey D. Blitt, M.D., Frederick W. Cheney, M.D., David M. Gaba, M.D., Ellison C. Pierce, Jr., M.D., and Mark H. Zornow, M.D., as well as Terence M. Davidson, M.D., Professor of Surgery (Head and Neck), Associate Dean for Continuing Medical Education, University of California, San Diego. Dr. Davidson was Scriptwriter and Producer. Also, the Office of Learning Resources Television, School of Medicine, University of California, San Diego, produced the film. Funding was provided by the ASA in its 1990 budget.

Most of the other fourteen tapes in the series are still available from your Burroughs Wellcome representative. A complete listing of the program may be found in the Spring, 199 1, APSF Newsletter, Vol. 6, No. 1.

Ellison C. Pierce, Jr., M.D.

Executive Producer, ASA Patient Safety Videotape Series