The Difficult Airway App
By Airway Management Education Center
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Created by Ron M. Walls, MD, Michael F. Murphy, MD and Robert C. Luten, MD.
The Difficult Airway App™ is an essential tool for clinicians who manage emergency airways in any setting: the ED, ICU, in-patient unit or the many EMS practice environments.
The right drugs, the right doses, the right way!
This app rapidly and easily selects the right drugs for RSI, automatically adjusting for obesity and various complicating conditions. Pediatric dosing and equipment selection is a snap using the Broselow-Luten color system or the child's estimated weight.
Stay out of trouble! The Difficult Airway App™ guides the user quickly and easily through key algorithms, predictors of the difficult airway and the step-by-step approach to RSI taught in The Difficult Airway Course™.
Based on the standard-setting work in the field of airway Management of:
Ron M. Walls, MD, Professor and Chair
Department of Emergency Medicine
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Harvard Medical School
Michael F. Murphy, MD, Professor and Chair
Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
University of Alberta
Robert C. Luten, MD, Professor
Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine
University of Florida Health Sciences Center
The Difficult Airway App™ features:
Easy, yet Sophisticated Adult and Pediatric Drug Dosing
-For adult dosing, a few simple clicks bring you to recommended doses that incorporate body habitus, hemodynamics, and other key considerations.
-The pediatric drug dosing function incorporates the color-coded system created by James Broselow, MD and Robert C. Luten, MD for rapid, safe management of pediatric airway cases.
-The option to customize your formulary means that only the drugs you use will appear in the recommendations.
-Straight-forward decision trees allow you to quickly determine the best approach to your patient’s airway.
-Easy mnemonics walk you through predictors of a difficult airway, including difficult laryngoscopy, difficult BMV, difficult extraglottic device use and difficult cricothyrotomy.
-Pearls of wisdom, based on evidence and expert opinion, are offered throughout.
Rapid Sequence Intubation
-The 7 – Ps of RSI: a step-by-step guide for adults and children, with notes from the developers of The Difficult Airway Course™.
-Adult and pediatric drug dosing.
-Special considerations for children and various patient conditions.
-Richly detailed illustrations of the airway anatomy.
-Instructional videos on key topics: videolaryngoscopy, predicting the difficult airway, surgical airway
-Links to The Difficult Airway Course™ and Airway World™, a web-based airway management knowledge center.
What's New in Version 1.5
Updated algorithms and mnemonics to match the Manual of Emergency Airway Management (4th Edition). Improved organization, easier navigation, new "About Calculator" section and other content enhancements.
Great for the ER
The app gives you exact dosing of RSI drugs given some basic patient info so you don't have to calculate ideal or lean body weight in what is a chaotic situation usually. It also has 45 min of video instruction and the algorithms Dr Walls teaches in the course.
I like it
It works well. It's pretty quick on my iPhone. It says it changes the dose to factor in low bp ect but it would be nice if it told you how much per kg along with the total amount (which is what you get now).
Volume doesn't work
Nice app. It would be nice if we could set the dose as well as the drug. IE; 1 mg/kg of succs as opposed to what this is set at to Taylor to our protocol. And the volume doesn't work at all. I cannot hear any of them talking.