'Airway Alerts'. How UK anaesthetists organise, document and communicate difficult airway management.

F. A. Barron, D. R. Ball, P. Jefferson, John David Norrie

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    A questionnaire on organisation, documentation and communication of airway problems during anaesthesia was sent to 271 anaesthetic college tutors in the UK. Their responses were compared with three published recommendations. There was a 72% response rate (195/271). The recommendations of the American Society of Anaesthesiologists Task Force on the Management of the Difficult Airway were met by 71% of respondents; 2% met those suggested by the Canadian Airway Focus Group and 2% met those suggested in a standard UK textbook on difficulties in tracheal intubation. Guidelines for management of the difficult airway were available in 142 departments (73%), but only 41 (21%) had guidelines for communication and dissemination of information. We present an 'Airway Alert' scheme which has since been adopted by the Difficult Airway Society.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)73-77
    Number of pages4
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2003


    • airway, difficult, complications
    • intubation, tracheal, difficult
    • RISK

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