Dr. Balvindar KAUR
Staff anaesthetist, Royal Childrens Hospital, Australia
Dr. Balvindar Kaur is a staff anaesthetist and co-supervisor of fellowship training at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne. After completing her FANZCA, she completed a postgraduate fellowship in transplant and regional anaesthesia at Vancouver General Hospital, where she published and presented extensively at major international meetings. She worked as a locum anaesthetist at Alberta Children’s Hospital, Calgary before returning to Australia in late 2013. Her main interests are anaesthesia for ENT surgery and the difficult airway, and craniofacial surgery. She regularly commits 2 to 4 weeks annually as an anaesthetist on international missions. She is an instructor at the National Course in Airway Training (NATCAT), Australian and New Zealand Specialist Airway Course (ANZSAC), and the current chair of the SPANZA Education Subcommittee. Outside of work she is an enthusiastic traveller, runner and loves cooking.
Airway trauma accounts for less than a quarter of traumatic injuries in children, however blunt trauma of the neck is associated with a high mortality. In this talk, we will discuss the common airway injuries seen in children, and an overview of classification systems are discussed. We will review available evidence based management of airway trauma in paediatrics, and I will illustrate some management points via case based discussions.