Intubation through supraglottic airways: Are we on target, or just passing through?

  • Ross Hofmeyr University of Cape Town
  • Analee Milner University of the Witwatersrand
  • Ellen P O’Sullivan St James’s Hospital


“In any given moment, we have two options: to step forward into growth, or to step back into safety.” Abraham Maslow Psychologist Abraham Maslow may have fared well as an anaesthesiologist, recognising the hierarchy of human needs as commencing with maintenance of essential physiological homeostasis, followed by promoting safety of the individual, and later providing for psychological needs. Although addressing the concept of selfactualisation, his dichotomous choice between growth and safety applies equally to our pursuit of excellence in anaesthesia: Do we safely stick with what we know, or grow the discipline by developing new knowledge, techniques and devices?

Author Biographies

Ross Hofmeyr, University of Cape Town
Consultant Anaesthesiologist & Inaugural UCT-Storz African Fellow in Airway & Thoracic Anaesthesia Department of Anaesthesia & Perioperative Medicine University of Cape Town
Analee Milner, University of the Witwatersrand
Professor Department of Anaesthesia University of the Witwatersrand
Ellen P O’Sullivan, St James’s Hospital
Professor Department of Anaesthesia St James’s Hospital Dublin
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