What is The Airway App?
Healthcare professions frequently download apps to bolster their clinical decision-making. This app is different. We want you to upload your airway experiences.
The Airway App allows clinicians to enter their clinical airway experiences 'on the fly' to share them with others. Currently focus is on the high-risk and highly variable procedures of awake intubation and emergency surgical airway/front-of-neck access (FONA).
If you have witnessed or performed an awake intubation or emergency surgical airway please share your experience.
Evidence about how best to perform these airway interventions are based on case reports and/or smaller case series and expert opinion, usually published in traditional journals. Although clinicians may have valuable experiences unless they write and publish them, this wisdom is 'lost' to a wider audience. Let's change this. Let's capture and share the experiences of clinicians world-wide without relying on publication acceptance.
Let's enable data-sharing at a scale that will provide invaluable information about what works, what doesn't, what potentially could cause harm, and what may save a life.
Free access to all data is available on this website, airway collaboration.org
Why should I use it?
Clinical decision-making and airway management are too important and too fraught with error to be left merely to individual trial-and-error, especially when our patients' life or safety may rely on getting it right the first time.
The combination of infrequent interventions, siloed specialties, and inconsistent resources can result in approaches that are unproven, ad hoc or idiosyncratic. For example, if a clinician performs a task only twice-annually, it may take years to discover whether it is helpful or harmful, and patients may suffer unnecessarily.
To counter this, we offer a free smart-phone app that captures the benefits of crowd-sourced data, and will focus on awake endotracheal-intubation and surgical airways. These potentially life-saving, but high-risk, interventions deserves a robust and reproducible approach supported by the worldwide experience.