Clinical leadership in reducing risk: Managing patient airways
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Niagara Health, a multi-site hospital organization, has developed a multimodal, comprehensive strategy to manage patients with a Difficult Airway (DA) in a non-operative setting. The Difficult Airway Pathway (DAP) is an evidence-based strategy aimed to train staff to reduce critical events. The DAP initiative aligns with the LEADS framework for change management and includes an annual review of reported critical incidents and an Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) Assessment Summary, with the goal to "create a regional systematic approach to support personnel, equipment and education." The guiding vision is: "Right people, Right equipment, Right timing: No failed airway." Preliminary evaluation suggests the strategy reduces morbidity and mortality of difficulty airway incidents outside the operating room.
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