The Vortex airway checklist

The Vortex airway checklist

The Vortex is a “high stakes cognitive aid” – simple enough to be recalled in a crisis and flexible enough to be used in any context. Our philosophy is to train staff for management of the unanticipated difficult airway in the same manner we train them to manage cardiac arrest – using a single simple & universally applicable template that is taught to all staff likely to be involved in managing the crisis – irrespective of critical care discipline and of whether they are from a medical, nursing or paramedical background.

Emergency Surgical Airway (ESA) Status
See how a modified version of Scott Weingart’s CriCon concept can be integrated into the Vortex approach in an attempt to improve the practical & psychological preparedness of clinicians to perform an emergency surgical airway.

Vortex Optimisation “Training Matrix”
Download this teaching tool to assist training your staff in the specific interventions available for airway optimisation under the 5 general headings for each non-surgical airway technique.

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Emergency Live

Emergency Live is the only multilingual magazine dedicated to people involved in rescue and emergency. As such, it is the ideal medium in terms of speed and cost for trading companies to reach large numbers of target users; for example, all companies involved in some way in the equipping of specialised means of transport. From vehicle manufacturers to companies involved in equipping those vehicles, to any supplier of life- saving and rescue equipment and aids.

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