Safer-Airway-Management
Challenge 8A
Safer airway management

Airway safety refers to the management and monitoring of the respiratory tract (i.e. mouth, nose, lungs) to ensure air is properly transported to the lungs avoiding any complications that may arise, such as the need for intubation (placing a tube down the trachea) or an unplanned extubation (the tube being dislodged from the trachea before it is ready to be removed).

Executive Summary Checklist

Major causes of patient morbidity and mortality include delays or failure to provide adequate oxygenation by means of a patent airway. Frequently, this is achieved with a secured breathing tube. Failure to recognize a malpositioned breathing tube, or to secure it in a fashion that prevents unplanned removal (“unplanned extubation”-see

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