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Identifying and improving knowledge deficits of emergency airway management of tracheotomy and laryngectomy patients: a pilot patient safety initiative.

El-Sayed IH, Ryan S, Schell H, Rappazini R, Wang SJ - Int J Otolaryngol (2010)

Bottom Line: Postintervention, these numbers improved for all groups.Furthermore, 80% of respiratory therapists reported encountering the EAA form in an emergent situation and found it useful.Conclusion.

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Affiliation: Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of California, San Francisco, CA 94115, USA.

ABSTRACT
Objectives. To evaluate the knowledge base of hospital staff regarding emergent airway management of tracheotomy and laryngectomy patients, and the impact of the introduction of a bedside airway form. Methods. Cross-sectional surveys of physicians, nurses, and respiratory therapists at a tertiary care hospital prior to and 24 months after introduction of a bedside Emergency Airway Access (EAA) form. Results. Pre- and postintervention surveys revealed several knowledge deficits. Preintervention, 37% of medical internists and 19% overall did not know that laryngectomy patients cannot be orally ventilated, and 67% of internists could not identify the purpose of stay sutures in recently created tracheotomies. Postintervention, these numbers improved for all groups. Furthermore, 80% of respiratory therapists reported encountering the EAA form in an emergent situation and found it useful. Conclusion. A knowledge deficit is identified in caregivers expected to provide emergency management of patients with airway anatomy altered by subspecialty surgeons. Safety initiatives such as the EAA form may improve knowledge among providers.

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Caregiver type among survey participants.
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fig2: Caregiver type among survey participants.

Mentions: A total of 200 physicians, nurses, and respiratory therapists took the first survey, while a fewer number of caregivers (144) took the postintervention survey (Figure 2). Physicians were comprised of attending physicians and residents from anesthesia, internal medicine, and general surgery. Among physician participants, more anesthesiologists were represented in the study than those from medicine or surgery (Figure 3). The second survey had less physicians and nurses participating, but more respiratory therapists.


Identifying and improving knowledge deficits of emergency airway management of tracheotomy and laryngectomy patients: a pilot patient safety initiative.

El-Sayed IH, Ryan S, Schell H, Rappazini R, Wang SJ - Int J Otolaryngol (2010)

Caregiver type among survey participants.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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fig2: Caregiver type among survey participants.
Mentions: A total of 200 physicians, nurses, and respiratory therapists took the first survey, while a fewer number of caregivers (144) took the postintervention survey (Figure 2). Physicians were comprised of attending physicians and residents from anesthesia, internal medicine, and general surgery. Among physician participants, more anesthesiologists were represented in the study than those from medicine or surgery (Figure 3). The second survey had less physicians and nurses participating, but more respiratory therapists.

Bottom Line: Postintervention, these numbers improved for all groups.Furthermore, 80% of respiratory therapists reported encountering the EAA form in an emergent situation and found it useful.Conclusion.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of California, San Francisco, CA 94115, USA.

ABSTRACT
Objectives. To evaluate the knowledge base of hospital staff regarding emergent airway management of tracheotomy and laryngectomy patients, and the impact of the introduction of a bedside airway form. Methods. Cross-sectional surveys of physicians, nurses, and respiratory therapists at a tertiary care hospital prior to and 24 months after introduction of a bedside Emergency Airway Access (EAA) form. Results. Pre- and postintervention surveys revealed several knowledge deficits. Preintervention, 37% of medical internists and 19% overall did not know that laryngectomy patients cannot be orally ventilated, and 67% of internists could not identify the purpose of stay sutures in recently created tracheotomies. Postintervention, these numbers improved for all groups. Furthermore, 80% of respiratory therapists reported encountering the EAA form in an emergent situation and found it useful. Conclusion. A knowledge deficit is identified in caregivers expected to provide emergency management of patients with airway anatomy altered by subspecialty surgeons. Safety initiatives such as the EAA form may improve knowledge among providers.

No MeSH data available.