Skip to 0 minutes and 7 secondsWelcome to week 4 of Airway Matters. Now that we've learned about basic concepts in safe airway management, had a look at the anatomy, equipment, and special techniques, let's turn our attention to the management of the shared airway and learn about some special patient circumstances. We start this week by meeting Jen Taylor, one of our own patients. She'll be sharing with us her experience of major head and neck surgery and the importance of including the patient in the decision-making process. We previously learned that one of the keys to safety is to devise an airway management strategy and share that with our team.

Skip to 0 minutes and 46 secondsBecause airway management is inherently multidisciplinary, there is a need for clear communication and involvement of staff from different professions when managing complex cases. We'll discuss the relationship between anaesthetist and surgeon. And we'll have a look at other clinical settings where the airways are shared, such as during bronchoscopies, thoracic surgery, and head and neck surgery. We'll then explore the special features of the altered airways, such as tracheostomies and laryngectomies, the surgery involved, and the role of the National Tracheostomy Safety Project to improve standards of care. We'll meet Jen Taylor again and hear about her experience of having had a tracheostomy. Dr.

Skip to 1 minute and 28 secondsAndy Higgs, author of the "DAS Guidelines for the Intubation of the Critically Ill," will tell us about the particular airway challenges presented by this group of patients. At the end of this week, we'll discover how safe airway management is performed in the pre-hospital setting. We hope you enjoy this week.

Welcome to Week 4

Welcome to Week 4 of Airway Matters!

Now that we’ve learned about basic concepts in airway management, and looked at the anatomy, equipment and some special techniques, let’s turn our attention to the management of shared airways and learn about patients in special circumstances.

We’ll hear from Jen Taylor, one of our patients, about her experience of having had head and neck surgery and discuss the role of the multidisciplinary team, and the importance of including the patient in the decision-making process.

We will then learn about altered airways, such as tracheostomies and laryngectomies, and the role of The Global Tracheostomy Collaborative and the National Tracheostomy Safety Project in making tracheostomy care safer.

And at the end of this week we will discuss the airway management of the critically ill and discuss the important role of Human Factors and Ergonomics in the management of these high risk patients.

Enjoy your week!

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Airway Matters

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