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Anaesthesia. 2011 Dec;66 Suppl 2:27-33. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2044.2011.06931.x.

Can we make airway management (even) safer?--lessons from national audit.

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  • 1Norfolk & Norwich University NHS Foundation Trust, Norwich, UK.


The Fourth National Audit Project of the Royal College of Anaesthetists and the Difficult Airway Society (NAP4) has published an extensive report examining both current practices in the United Kingdom regarding airway management during anaesthesia and the complications of airway management during anaesthesia and in intensive care units and emergency departments. The report makes more than 160 recommendations designed to improve care of patients. These recommendations have implications for individuals, departments, organisations and potentially for national policy in terms of training, standards of practice and the need for guidelines. The report also indicates several specific areas where future research might be directed. This article focuses on the implementation phase of NAP4, emphasising the importance of taking the lessons derived from NAP4 and turning them into actions to improve the safety of airway care delivered to patients, wherever in hospital this takes place.

© 2011 The Authors. Anaesthesia © 2011 The Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland.

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