Activity 10.2: Critical thinking

Grace is a 65-year-old lady who has been admitted to theatres for a hysteroscopy procedure under general anaesthesia. She is fit and healthy. When checking the patient in the anaesthetic room, Grace informed you that her last meal and drink was 4 hours ago.

Referring to the above case scenario, what do you think will be the most appropriate airway management for the patient? Explain why?

Endotracheal intubation as the patient last ate and drank 4 hours ago. There is a risk of regurgitation of stomach contents causing aspiration.