It’s 2 am and you have just finished an emergency appendectomy when you get “that” call. Your friend down in the emergency department (ED) has a patient arriving in a few minutes who was assaulted in a local prison | Anesthesiology News
After asking for your potential assistance with his airway and mumbling something about a knife, he hangs up. You’ve been working nonstop since yesterday morning, so the only thing on your mind involves a pillow and the supine position. Nevertheless, you make your way down to the ED and arrive just as the medics roll in with their patient. He is awake and yelling as they roll him by you into the trauma bay. The emergency medical technician is applying pressure to the side of the patient’s neck and there is a large knife sticking out of the middle of the patient’s face (Figure 1). Your friend takes one look and asks you to help by managing the airway while he coordinates the rest of the trauma resuscitation. It looks like your night is about to get a lot more interesting!
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