A NEXTGEN LEARNING SPACE DESIGNED TO ELEVATE YOUR AIRWAY PRACTICE
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upper airway lifelines
Think of each of these tools as an upper airway “lifeline” each capable of delivering life-saving oxygen to your patient during an airway emergency. .
The green zone
Use your airway lifelines to keep your patient in the green zone. The place on the vortex where you’re delivering adequate oxygenation. Here you have time to think, to plan, to prepare for your next move. This is where you want to be.
not an algorithm
The Vortex is not an algorithm, it’s described by its creator Nicholas Chrimes as a high acuity tool designed to work at the bedside during a rapidly evolving airway emergency. While that flow chart may be good while studying, the high acuity tool is designed with human factors in mind, like the need for rapid recall under stress and an effective shared mental model.
Have 10 minutes to sit and learn more about the details (we highly recommend it) then watch this video.
The Vortex Approach In Action
Watch this great simulation of the VORTEX APPROACH in action and see how it can be used to prioritize oxygenation.
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Download the Vortex Training App to your phone. Use it for self-practice and for in person team training. ✋ 🤔
the bottom line
- Your goal is to prioritize oxygenation and keep your patient in the “green zone”
- All three upper airway lifelines are effective at delivering lifesaving oxygen
- Learning how to use your three upper airway lifelines together makes them more powerful
- Build a shared mental model using the Vortex Approach
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