The flexible bronchoscope. A tool for anesthesiologists

Clin Chest Med. 2001 Jun;22(2):281-99. doi: 10.1016/s0272-5231(05)70043-5.


Fiberoptic intubation is the technique of choice in management of a difficult intubation. It should be a first choice, not a last resort after attempts with conventional techniques have failed. It should be mastered by all physicians involved in airway management. The technique is cost-effective because it avoids airway trauma and cancellation of surgical cases because of failed intubation. The flexible bronchoscope for airway management as a diagnostic, therapeutic, and problem-solving tool is not used to the degree that it deserves. Anesthesiologists and other critical care physicians should master the technique and use it on a daily basis. The widespread use of the instrument for airway management deserves encouragement.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anesthesia, General
  • Anesthesiology
  • Bronchoscopy*
  • Fiber Optic Technology
  • Humans
  • Intubation, Intratracheal*
  • Laryngeal Masks
  • Laryngoscopes
  • Respiratory Sounds / diagnosis