Opening statement/Guide

Complete when you perform an out-of-theatre, EMERGENCY airway intervention or assessment.

Complete when management commences outside the OT.

Inclusion Criteria :

  • Referrals requesting EMERGENCY airway expertise.
  • Patients referred for an emergency airway assessment regardless of the planned intervention.
  • Tracheostomy emergency referrals.
  • Failed extubations.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Exclusive in-theatre airway planning, preparation and management.
  • Elective cases.

Examples:

  • A referral from ICU post failed extubation.
  • A tracheostomy emergency in ICU.
  • An acutely obstructed airway in ED.
  • A post-thyroidectomy bleed airway assessment.

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