The Vortex Approach: Management of the Unanticipated Difficult Airway

This text 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. More
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About Nicholas Chrimes

Nicholas Chrimes is a specialist anaesthetist in Melbourne, Australia and an experienced simulation instructor. He has particular interests in education of junior healthcare staff and in simplifying clinical reasoning in emergency situations.

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The Vortex Approach
This narrated PowerPoint presentation summarises the fundamental concepts behind the Vortex Approach and explains how it can be used in clinical practice.

The Vortex in Action, Pt 1: RSI in the Emergency Department
This video illustrates how the Vortex approach can be implemented in real time by a team of critical care clinicians faced with an unanticipated difficult airway.

Vortex in Action Pt2: Elective intubation in OT
This video demonstrates use of the Vortex approach in an elective setting when intubating a well surgical patient.

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