Completion of Week 4

You have now reached the end of Week 4 - we hope you enjoyed it.

At the start of the week we heard from Jen Taylor and considered the importance of multidisciplinary team involvement in planning and performing procedures in patients with complex head and neck pathology, and supporting them in their recovery. In order to deliver truly patient-centred care, the patient themselves must be integrated into this team.

We then explored altered airways in more detail, looking at tracheostomies and laryngectomies, the procedure itself, safe care and emergency management.

Critically ill patients in intensive care, emergency medicine and the prehospital settings are at higher risk of complications. We discussed airway management in this patient group in the last part of Week 4 of Airway Matters.

In Week 5 we will discuss other special patient groups such as children, pregnant women and obese patients. We will consider airway management from a global perspective and finally wrap up the course by looking at how to learn from airway events and apply the learning from this course to improve airway management.

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Airway Matters

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