Article Text

Download PDFPDF
Fifteen-minute consultation: Airway management in the acutely unwell child requiring intubation for the general paediatrician
  1. Peter Shires,
  2. Georgina Harlow,
  3. Agata Holecova
  1. PCCU, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Nottingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Peter Shires, PCCU, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, UK; pshires{at}


Emergency endotracheal intubation is a high risk procedure in acutely unwell children and is commonly jointly managed by paediatricians and anaesthetists. This article aims to develop a shared understanding of the practicalities and language around the risk factors for difficult intubation and management of failed intubation, including the approach to situations where you cannot intubate and or cannot ventilate, to improve communication and team working between these dynamic interdisciplinary teams.

  • resuscitation
  • neonatology
  • pharmacology

Statistics from

Request Permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.


  • Contributors GH conceived the idea. PS reviewed the evidence and wrote the first draft. All authors collaborated on reviewing and producing the final draft.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.