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Defeat Is Merely Temporary

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Three Stress-Related Killers:

In order to act effectively in the failed airway situation, you have to understand the adverse effects of stress. Here are three stress related killers all clinicians need to learn to identify and be able to address:

  • Impaired Recall. You may have been able to recite the latest airway textbook chapter and verse on the subway to work, but add the chaotic environment of a crash airway into the mix and suddenly your memory recall isn’t so great.
  • Normalcy bias. When facing a disaster many people arrive at a mental state called normalcy bias, causing them to underestimate the impending consequences of inaction.
  • Focus Lock. As the stress mounts the desire to try and succeed with one more attempt at endotracheal intubation becomes a thought that overrides all others. Meanwhile your patient’s oxygen level drops to levels not compatible with life. This is focus lock.
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