Patricia A. Weott, DNAP, CRNA

Senior Nurse Anesthetist
University of California, San Francisco Medical Center
Corte Madera, California

I have been in healthcare since 1979, a CRNA since 1999 and completed the DNAP in 2013. After a well-known airway surgeon challenged my routine endotradcheal tube practices, I began my research on intubation-related problems, including the catastrophic complication of subglottic stenosis (SGS). I then began investigating patients labeled as Idiopathic Subglottic Stenosis (ISS) and discovered the probable link between a past intubation and the later diagnosis of ISS. I am a passionate advocate of using evidenced-based medicine to prevent harm through new standards of care in anesthesia: 1.) Check cuff pressure with a cuff manometer with each and every intubation and 2.) Use the appropriate size endotracheal tube for the size of the patients tracheal diameter.

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