Patient Safety Topics

​​​​​​​Airway management, specifically ensuring uninterrupted oxygenation and ventilation, is a fundamental part of the practice of anesthesia and of emergency and critical care medicine. Poor outcomes can be avoided by implementing a comprehensive approach that includes thorough patient evaluation, multidisciplinary cooperation with a predetermined airway management strategy, skillful use of standardized equipment, frequent staff education, dissemination of important patient information, and a willingness to ask for assistance.

Educational Tools

​Difficult Airway Alert Form
This sample form may be used to inform subsequent providers about a potential difficult airway and can be modified per facility policy and procedure.


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