Airway Case Studies – When the Simplest Thing Made the Biggest Difference
Ensuring quality in pre-hospital airway management is challenging because the generally fast-paced process occurs in a less-than-ideal setting with bad lighting, limited space, and under demanding circumstances. Research increasingly suggests that pre-hospital intubation may be non-beneficial and perhaps even detrimental to the care of some trauma patients. In a case study format, we will highlight core measures of patient safety, timeliness, oxygenation, and ventilation. Our biggest challenge as providers, is deciding when airway skills are right for the patient. When you pull out your “airway bag” or “toolbox” what are you going to do?