Awake flexible optical intubation (AFOI) for airway management is a valuable technique, which has undergone several technical improvements and adaptations over time. Despite this technique being advocated by anaesthesia and airway management expert groups around the world as a gold standard for management of the expected difficult airway, many anaesthesiologists are not comfortable using the technique. This may be because of a lack of experience, expertise or inappropriate equipment. There may also be deficiencies in training and clinical AFOI practice opportunities.
In this book advice and tips will be given to improve the intubation success rate and satisfaction of airway management with AFOI. We think that this book will help improve the AFOI experience of both the clinician and the patient and ultimately lead to improved airway management using AFOI. We will summarize both the frequent and rare causes for failure of AFOI. Do not be afraid to ask things that you always wanted to know.