Emergency airway guideline
The adult trauma clinical practice guideline Emergency Airway Management in the Trauma Patient is one of four guidelines published by NSW ITIM. It consists of four documents:
Full report - the complete guideline including algorithms, summary, discussions, tables of evidence, appendices and references.
Summary report - contains algorithms and guidelines.
Algorithm 1 - A3 colour algorithm of standard airway management.
Algorithm 2 - A3 colour algorithm of difficult airway management.
Author: Dr. Joe Ollerton, Trauma Fellow, Liverpool Hospital
Published: January 2007
- In the patient with potential cervical spine injury requiring emergency intubation in the resuscitation room, what is the optimal method of achieving a secure airway?
- In adults with severe head injury (GCS ≤ 8) undergoing emergency intubation in the emergency department (ED), what are the optimal induction agents to minimise secondary brain injury?
- In hypotensive trauma adults requiring emergency intubation in the ED, what is the optimal induction technique to minimise further haemodynamic instability?
- In the trauma adult requiring emergency control of the airway, what is the best treatment algorithm to follow for management of a 'difficult airway'?