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
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 specialities involved in airway management (anaesthesia, emergency medicine & intensive care) across multiple disciplines including clinicians from medical, nursing & paramedical backgrounds.
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.