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Airway Management in the Emergency Setting - the Thoracic Surgeon Contribute

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2021

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  • Guest Editor

    Prof. Dr. Paola CiriacoE-MailWebsite

    Department of Thoracic Surgery, Scientific Institute and University Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Ospedale San Raffaele, Via Olgettina 60, Milan 20132, Italy

    Interests: Thoracic oncology, Surgery of pulmonary emphysema, Thoracic endoscopy, Pediatric thoracic surgery, Lung transplantation, Experimental lung transplantation

Special Issue Information

Airway management in the emergency setting is associated with major challenges and inadequate performance at any step during airway management leads to irreparable injuries and complications.

Different specialties are involved at any step of management in the emergency emphasizing that the main goal is to ensure airway openness to provide ventilation’s in the patient’s lung.

In the pre-hospital conditions, anesthesiologist ensures the necessary steps of airway management while more specialist figures are involved upon patient’s arrival at the emergency room.

Tracheobronchial injuries are rare but potentially life-threatening injuries. They rather comprise injuries that occur between the cricoid cartilage and right and left main-stem tracheal bifurcation. Lack of recognition or incorrect management of tracheobronchial trauma can lead to important sequela. The main condition of a successful treatment of tracheobronchial injuries is prompt recognition and appropriate surgical approach.

Tracheobronchial injuries can also be iatrogenic after intubation or tracheotomy procedures.

Tracheostomy can be performed in emergency or in an elective manner. Indications include: relief of upper airway obstruction, improved pulmonary hygiene, tracheal access for long-term positive pressure ventilation, and decreased airway resistance to assist weaning from mechanical ventilator support.

Tracheotomy is still evolving with proponents of cricothyroidotomy encouraging changes in surgical technique, improvements in tube design, and changing management approaches to the intubated patient. It can also be performed percutaneously under fiberoptic guidance.

Bronchoscopy might be a useful tool in emergency. Fiberoptic bronchoscopy is useful in difficult intubation, clearance of the airway, assessment of tracheobronchial trauma, observation and/or removal of foreign bodies. Rigid bronchoscopy has also an important role in tracheobronchial bleeding, removal of foreign bodies, clearing of airways, positioning of tracheobronchial stents and for the use of intrabronchial laser.

For a substantial proportion of patients presenting to the emergency department, imaging plays an important role in the assessment of patients with airway injuries. An accurate radiologic assessment is important in emergency for the treatment of the airway to be rapid and targeted.

Aim of this Special Issue is to attract papers dealing with different specialties airway management in the emergency setting.

Potential topics include: Tracheobronchial injuries; Tracheotomy: emergency and elective procedures; Management of foreign bodies’ inhalation; Tracheobronchial stents; Airway imaging in the emergency setting.


Tracheobronchial trauma, Foreign body, Tracheostomy, Bronchoscopy, Chest imaging

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Manuscripts should be submitted online by submit system. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Original articles, case reports or comprehensive reviews are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website. Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Signa Viate is an international peer-reviewed open access journal published by MRE Press. As of January 2021, Signa Vitae will change to a bimonthly journal. Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript.The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is $1200. We normally offer a discount greater than 30% to all contributors invited by the Editor-in-Chief, Guest Editor (GE) and Editorial board member. Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English.

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Published Papers (5 papers)

Open Access Special Issue

Diagnostic and therapeutic approach to post-traumatic tracheobronchial injuries

Angelo Carretta,Paola Ciriaco,Alessandro Bandiera,Giampiero Negri

DOI: 10.22514/sv.2021.015

(This article belongs to the Special Issue Airway Management in the Emergency Setting - the Thoracic Surgeon Contribute)

Abstract ( 3521 ) PDF (4.03 MB) ( 276 ) Full Text

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The role of rigid bronchoscopy in complex airway disorders

Alessandro Bandiera,Paola Ciriaco,Angelo Carretta,Giampiero Negri

DOI: 10.22514/sv.2021.017

(This article belongs to the Special Issue Airway Management in the Emergency Setting - the Thoracic Surgeon Contribute)

Abstract ( 4134 ) PDF (1.77 MB) ( 260 ) Full Text

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Emergency surgical tracheotomy in the era of COVID-19 pandemic

Piergiorgio Muriana,Paola Ciriaco,Angelo Carretta,Giampiero Negri

DOI: 10.22514/sv.2021.055

(This article belongs to the Special Issue Airway Management in the Emergency Setting - the Thoracic Surgeon Contribute)

Abstract ( 2865 ) PDF (1.46 MB) ( 197 ) Full Text

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Cricothyroidotomy in the emergency setting: indications, techniques and outcomes

Federico Mazza,Massimiliano Venturino,Davide Turello,Alberto Gorla,Cristina Degiovanni,Alessandro Locatelli,Giulio Melloni

DOI: 10.22514/sv.2021.063

(This article belongs to the Special Issue Airway Management in the Emergency Setting - the Thoracic Surgeon Contribute)

Abstract ( 5419 ) PDF (1.76 MB) ( 777 ) Full Text

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