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 secure a patient’s airway, recognize if an airway is malpositioned, and to maintain an airway (such as by unplanned extubation, where the airway comes out on its own or the patient pulls it out – see APSS #8B).
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