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Creating an Interactive Algorithm for Improved Management of Micrognathic and Retrognathic Infants

Lauren Rakes, Deborah Schwengel, Jonathan Walsh, David Rini

Abstract


Infants born with micrognathia face risk of injury when
anesthesia is required, due to facial anomalies that cause
airway obstruction and difficult intubation. Lack of training
resources prevent physicians from acquiring the
experience necessary to adequately care for these
patients. A web application was created to teach and
reinforce the recommended techniques for intubation on
micrognathic infants in order to contribute to their safety
inside and outside the operating room. A unique
interactive algorithm within the application allows the
user to learn about micrognathic infant airway
management through text, illustration, 3D models, and
animation.

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