This article outlines a simple, team-based approach to managing the unanticipated difficult airway. The approach is designed to address many of the issues identified as contributing to morbidity & mortality in difficult airway management. It consists of a comprehensive education program based around a simple framework for decision making and supported by a straightforward cognitive tool.
The Vortex approach is unique in its simplicity, flexibility, team-oriented emphasis and the fact that it is directed not only at anaesthetists but all critical care disciplines who are involved in airway management - including staff from medical, nursing & paramedical backgrounds.
A very timely perspective !
This is a revolutionary, innovative and effective method to conceptualise the management of airway emergencies. It makes all previous algorithmic approaches redundant and irrelevant.