Managing the Difficult Airway

The NAP4 report published by the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) and the Difficult Airway Society (DAS) included more than 160 recommendations to make airway management during anaesthesia, in intensive care and in emergency departments safer.  It is hoped that many departments will have implemented these recommendations in full.

Following the publication of NAP4, the RCoA and DAS endorsed the recommendation that every UK department of anaesthesia should have a Departmental Airway Lead.  

The RCoA-DAS airway leads programme has been successful with more than 85% of hospitals now known to have an airway lead. A recent Airway Leads Day at the College was over-subscribed and highly successful on the day. These individuals act as a focal point in departments and support training, rational procurement and inter-departmental communication with the aim of improving overall airway care for patients.

Supporting resources for the difficult airway
The Difficult Airway Society is a UK-based medical specialist society formed to further management of the airway of patients by anaesthetists and other critical care practitioners. It publishes a number of guidelines and publications on its website.

The RCoA in collaboration with DAS has a section of its website dedicated to airway resources, including a copy of the NAP4 report and its main findings.

22 August 2016

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