Accurate Prediction of Difficult Intubation
Christopher Connor, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor – Anesthesiology
Assistant Professor – Boston University – Biomedical Eng
Director of Research, Boston Medical Center – Anesthesiology
David Mountain, Ph.D.
Boston University – Engineering
Professor – Biomedical Eng
Research Professor – Otolaryngology
OBJECTIVE: To develop and refine an automated system to help physicians assess preoperative risk of difficult intubation in adults. The system is comprised of a hand-held device used to generate a 3-D model and predicts difficult intubations with a higher accuracy than current clinical methods. Successful preliminary results have been obtained, and work is underway to extend the algorithm to include a wider patient base.