Development of an emergency airway response system for COVID-19 at a tertiary care hospital in resource limited country

  • Faisal Shamim Aga Khan University Hospital
  • Muhammad Faisal Khan Aga Khan University Hospital
  • Khalid Samad Aga Khan University Hospital
  • Asad Latif Aga Khan University Hospital
Keywords: COVID-19, Tracheal Intubation, Aerosol Generating Procedure, Guidelines, Emergency airway response system

Abstract

The ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) infection causes severe respiratory dysfunction and has become an emergent issue for worldwide healthcare due to highly transmissible and contagious nature. Aerosol generating procedures such as tracheal intubation is of particularly high risk. This mandates some advice on processes and techniques required to protect staff and uniform approach during airway management. We hereby share our experience in development of an emergency response system to deal with COVID airway management at a frontline hospital which particularly consider the local demands and resources. This includes a change in working dynamics with 24/7 consultant coverage for emergent or urgent tracheal intubation of COVID patients at non-operating room locations. Other steps include prepackaging intubation baskets, availability of videolaryngoscope, standard personal protective equipment including powered air purifying respirator, and use of modified intubation checklist.

doi: https://doi.org/10.12669/pjms.39.1.5689

How to cite this: Shamim F, Khan MF, Samad K, Latif A. Development of an emergency airway response system for COVID-19 at a tertiary care hospital in resource limited country. Pak J Med Sci. 2023;39(1):---------. doi: https://doi.org/10.12669/pjms.39.1.5689

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Published
2022-11-19
How to Cite
Shamim, F., Khan, M. F., Samad, K., & Latif, A. (2022). Development of an emergency airway response system for COVID-19 at a tertiary care hospital in resource limited country. Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences, 39(1). https://doi.org/10.12669/pjms.39.1.5689
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Brief Communication