Airway Management Guidelines could change quickly

Comment the key questions about airway management, your contribution will drive the review of the guidelines with an evidence-based shape.

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, NHTSA and AHRQ have published a question’s list for professionals, to review the prehospital airway management guidelines. The comment period is open until December 20. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), in partnership with the NHTSA Office of EMS, has released draft questions that will guide a subsequent review related to prehospital airway management. This is the first step in the process of examining the scientific literature regarding prehospital airway management and then developing an evidence-based guideline (EBG).

The public comment period on these key questions is open until December 20, 2019.

Why changing airway management protocols?

Prehospital airway management is critical to patient survival, both in case of an adult or paediatric patients. The purpose of this systematic review and EBG development is to establish a uniform and standardized approach to airway management in the prehospital setting when administering artificial ventilation through the use of bag valve mask or through advanced airway techniques. Evidence-based guidelines are a key component of the vision of a people-centred EMS system described in EMS Agenda 2050. To find out more about EBGs, visit the new EBG page on and check out the recent EMS Focus webinar on the naloxone EBG and the future of evidence-based guidelines.

How to follow the EMS Agenda 2050

EMS care has evolved from a system largely based on tradition and best practice to one with a growing evidence base supporting procedures and protocols. In 2014, the National EMS Advisory Council recommended an update to the 1996 EMS Agenda for the Future to pave the way for the industry’s continued evolution. Throughout 2017 and 2018, EMS professionals, stakeholders and members of the public shared ideas through regional meetings, webinars, conference sessions and public comment. The final result is EMS Agenda 2050, a new vision for the future that provides a framework for the next thirty years of EMS system advancement.