Actionable Patient Safety Solutions (APSS)

Safer Airway Management in Neonates and Children

Airway safety in neonates and children 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 a malpositioned airway device, and maintain an airway device (Unplanned extubation See APSS 8D). These are all high priorities for airway safety efforts. This checklist is to be used to help prioritize actions and

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