What We Can Do To Improve Airway Safety Management

Letter from the Chairman, June 2017

Dear Readers,

Welcome to our June issue of the Patient Safety Newsletter.

This month, we focused on the patient safety challenge topic, airway safety. Failure of airway management can cause unanticipated complications that lead to preventable patient harm and in some cases, death. Failure, as it relates to airway management, is primarily due to unpreparedness, poor planning, lack of communication and inadequate team awareness. All of these factors can be avoided if a clearly defined protocol or Actionable Patient Safety Solution, as we like to call them, are in place. Download our Actionable Patient Safety Solutions on Airway Safety, available on our website, to ensure airway emergencies are met with a sustainable solution to eliminate preventable patient death.

Read the Spotlight below to learn how Chief Safety Officer for Emergency Medicine Associates, Dr. Drew Fuller has advanced airway management protocol improvements by guiding hospitals to implement practical team-based solutions. Fuller is a member of our Airway Safety steering committee, and helped develop the Patient Safety Movement Foundation’s Airway Safety Actionable Patient Safety Solutions. If you are interested in becoming a steering committee member, or learning more, please email us at [email protected]

Later this month we will be hosting a free virtual webinar. Tune in on June 14th as featured speaker, Dr. Art Kanowitz, fellow steering committee member and Chief Medical Officer of Securisyn Medical, leads us through an educational session on our Airway Safety APSS and provides his perspective on unplanned extubation as it relates to airway management. For more information on our quarterly webinars, please visit our website here.

We’ll continue to build on Airway Safety at our Midyear Planning Meeting on July 13th in Fairfax, Virginia. Please be sure to request an invitation as soon as possible, as space is limited.

Achieving ZERO preventable deaths will require bridging the gap between best practice and knowledge, shared responsibility for taking action, and mindfulness whenever we are dealing with anything related to patients.

We hope you enjoy our June Newsletter. We value your feedback, so please email us and let us know which topics you would like to see us cover in a future issue.

Best regards,

Joe Kiani
Founder and Chairman
Patient Safety Movement Foundation


For more information on Actionable Patient Safety Solutions on Airway Safety and its sub-challenges, click here

Learn more about pediatric and neonatal airway management here